Art Scoping is a podcast featuring protagonists in the fields of art, architecture, design, publishing, art law, public policy, and culture generally. We’ll skip the elevator speeches and find out how arts leaders are coping with change, what keeps them up at night, and what gets them out of bed.
Episode 90: John Rossant
John Rossant is a globe-trotting polymath, an evangelist for thoughtful urban and transportation design, and author with Stephen Baker of Hop, Skip, Go: How the Mobility Revolution Is Transforming Our Lives. As Executive Chairman of PublicisLive he produced, among other things, the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos (yielding an address book with mobile numbers of the privileged and of potentates in far-flung capitals). He reprises facets of a career spent evaluating and influencing our options in improving civic life, cities, and mobility, and sheds light on what to expect in innovative transportation solutions.
Episode 69: Jill Deupi
Museum directors rely on lawyers to help their institutions address sometimes thorny issues. What if your museum’s director is a lawyer herself? Listen to the thoughtful approach of Dr. Jill Deupi to her job as the Beaux Arts Director and Chief Curator of the University of Miami’s Lowe Art Museum. Her doctorate in art history and facility with several languages add up not just to an impressive résumé but also wide-ranging interests and insights. We cover the distinctive features of university museums, discuss issues of importance to the field as a whole, Miami’s appetite for culture, and much else.
Episode 68: Susan Edwards
#Nashville is hot. Much larger than Atlanta, its metro population is surging, and this vitality is reflected in multiple ways. In this episode we hear from Susan Edwards, the director of its Frist Art Museum since 2004, and learn about the institution’s origins in an Art Deco post office and its trajectory to become of the South’s most vital museums, along with the city’s philanthropic culture, its stubborn identity as a democratic stronghold in a reliably Republican state, the challenges it met and addressed throughout 2020 to today, and the arc of her career—up to and including recent certification in art crime training. Equipped with a doctorate in art history and a knighthood conferred by the French Republic, she has flourished in a cultural milieu best known for a sister organization called the Grand Old Opry—and brought diversity and distinction to Tennessee without a hint of pretension.
Episode 67: Andrew Walker
Texas! We head to Fort Worth and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art to hear from its director, Dr. Andrew Walker. We touch on the wealth of arts institutions in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and why the Carter, like most museums in the metro area, is free. We consider the Carter’s enormous photography collection, including the work of indigenous photographers, how the Carter has been transformed since the death of Ruth Carter Stevenson in both governance and management, the museum’s re-engagement with living artists and its broadened audience, the fluid definitions of what is American in American art, increasing the diversity of the collection, exhibitions, and audiences, current and future exhibitions, and how temporary experiences are challenging permanent collection orthodoxies.
Episode 66: Randall Suffolk
Museums across the U.S. are striving to reboot---addressing historic underrepresentation of people of color in board and staff leadership, collections, exhibitions and programs, and audience. Few have achieved what Atlanta’s High Museum has under director Randall Suffolk. In this episode we delve into the steps he took beginning in 2015 to take an already significant institution and turn its attention to what are today eagerly sought points of distinction. We cover his efforts to listen to prospective visitors, lower admissions fees, change the exhibition calendar and collection focus, and de-emphasize blockbusters--and how he brought his board and staff along to embrace changes in a bid to earn credibility. A recent study attests to the progress made over the last few years.
Episode 65: Tracy Roberts
Many Americans are pining for a return to Europe—and to Italy in particular. In this episode we check in with Californian-born ex-pat Tracy Roberts, Co-Founder and Vice-President of LoveItaly, dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of Italy’s unique cultural heritage. She has made Rome her home for decades, and we get an on-the-ground report about life there as the pandemic recedes, how museums have fared over the last year and a half, the mechanics of state-sponsored and commercial cultural patronage, along with updates on a series of projects addressing the conservation needs of museums, monuments, and churches.
Required listening for museum professionals
One of my new favorite podcasts. Max brings an informed dimension as well as a much needed diversity of voices and perspectives necessary to truly understand the challenges and opportunities facing museums today. I look forward each new episode.
This podcast extremely informative and engaging. It's a great way to hear from a wide variety of innovative and influential arts professionals. As an art museum professional myself, this podcast helps keeps me connected and thinking. Thank you!
Informative and on Target
I just listened to the session with Jim Duff and as usual, he was right on target. It was really good to hear both your voices again. As a retired museum director myself, I am very interested in opinions on the fate of art museum collections. You brought up things in a way that was interesting and informative to a general listener and also an experienced one. Thank you.