Join us for a conversation with Whitney Museum Director Adam D. Weinberg, hosted by Rail Board Member Helen Lee and Rail Consulting Editor Joachim Pissarro. We’ll conclude with a poetry reading.
In this talk
Adam D. Weinberg
Curator and museum director Adam D. Weinberg became the Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum in 2003. During his tenure, the Whitney has presented dozens of exhibitions on emerging, mid-career, and established artists; offered award-winning educational programs; dramatically expanded its performance program; and experienced exponential growth in the permanent collection. Under his leadership, the Museum opened its new 220,000-square-foot Renzo Piano-designed building in 2015 in the Meatpacking District. From 1999 to 2003, Weinberg served as the director of the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover. Prior to that, he was director of education and assistant curator at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.
Collector, academic, art advisor, art book editor, and auction house specialist Helen Lee has had many roles in the art world. She has worked at Christie’s, Harry N. Abrams Publishing, the Robert Miller Gallery, and for James Wolfensohn, among others. Her passion for the arts derives from her belief that art and culture provide vital means of communication across cultural and political divides. Helen is an advisor to the Milken Institute for its art and culture programming. She is the Chairman of the American Foundation for the Courtauld Institute of Art, where she completed her post-graduate studies after earning a BA from Harvard. Helen is a board member of the Rail.
Art historian Joachim Pissarro is the Bershad Professor of Art History and Director of the Hunter College Galleries, Hunter College, City University of New York. He was a Curator at MoMA’s Department of Painting and Sculpture. His recent curatorial projects include Alberto Giacometti | Yves Klein: In Search of the Absolute, Gagosian Gallery London (2016); Pissarro à Eragny, Musée du Luxembourg (2017); Olga Picasso, Musée National Picasso, Paris (2017), Museo Picasso, Málaga (2019), and the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow (2019). His latest book Aesthetics of the Margins / The Margins of Aesthetics: Wild Art Explained (2018, Penn State University Press) is co-authored with David Carrier, following Wild Art (Phaidon, 2016). Joachim is Consulting Editor of the Rail.