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Saturday November 10, 2018

For a long time, the model on which the great museums were based upon since the Enlightenment was that of universal history. Globalisation and the associated development of new conceptions of history today impinge on this old model and give new meaning to the idea of a universal museum. What challenges are museums now presented with? What collections and principles of exhibiting might arise out of these developments?

James Cuno
President and CEO, J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, USA

About James Cuno

James Cuno earned his BA degree in History from Willamette University in 1973, his MA in Art History from the University of Oregon in 1978, and MA and PhD degrees in Fine Arts (History of Art) from Harvard University in 1981 and 1985 respectively. He has held teaching positions at Vassar College, UCLA, Dartmouth, and Harvard and served as Director of UCLAS’s Grunwald Center of the Graphic Arts (1986-89), Dartmouth’s Hood Museum of Art (1989-91), Harvard University Art Museums (1991-2002), Director and Professor of the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London (2002-04), and President and Director of Art Institute of Chicago (2004-11). He assumed his current position as President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust in August 2011.

He has lectured and written widely on museums and cultural and public policy. Since 2003, he has published three books with Princeton University Press: Whose Muse? Art Museums and the Public’s Trust (author and editor), Who Owns Antiquity: Museums and the Battle Over Our Ancient Heritage (author), and Whose Culture? The Promise of Museums and the Debate Over antiquities (author and editor) – and another with University of Chicago Press, Museums Matter: In Praise of the Encyclopedic Museum (author). Cuno is a Fellow and International Secretary of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He serves on the Council at the Academy and on the Board of Trustees of the Courtauld Institute of Art, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, and Willamette University.

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