Maxwell Anderson has run the Whitney Museum and the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and currently directs the Dallas Museum of Art. He’s also a Dartmouth alumnus, Class of 1977, as it happens, and he recently explained in a Q&A published in The Dartmouth newspaper how he figures out what to work on when he arrives at a new institution. Here’s his explanation:
“It’s fun. It’s like dating a new person — you try to figure out what motivates them, how you fit together and where the strengths are and largely about the history and culture of a place. That way you don’t come in with a head of steam of your own ideas that may not map to what the museum needs. After a while, you start to hear familiar refrains, and you start to see patterns of how that culture has manifested.”
The complete interview is published here. Well worth a read.