Villa Albertine Museum Series

Fallen Tree

Beowulf Sheehan

Presented in partnership with the Center for Curatorial Leadership, Villa Albertine's 2023 Museum Series brings together 24 French and American women museum directors, sparking new transatlantic debate on the future of museums and promoting a new generation of leaders.

American and European museums have long taken inspiration from one another, each building and adapting to the specificities of their era. At this moment of great evolution for museums, Villa Albertine seeks to reinvigorate the transatlantic feedback loop. This effort deepens the ability of museums and cultural institutions to respond to the challenges they face today on both continents, and contributes to the development of a new generation of museum leaders who will continue to think and act within a framework of deep connections across the Atlantic.

Gender parity remains a major concern for cultural institutions, despite the recent naming of numerous women to positions of leadership in major museums in France and the United States. In support of this important goal, Villa Albertine will turn the floor over to women museum leaders throughout 2023.

Each conversation will take place live in English at Villa Albertine’s Fifth Avenue headquarters and will be streamed live on Villa Albertine's Youtube Channel.

Spring 2023 Dialogues

March 8, 2023 | 5:30PM ET 
Laurence Engel, President of the Bibliothèque nationale de France (Paris)
Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of the Congress (Washington DC)
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March 22, 2023 | 6PM ET
Amélie Simier, Director of the Musée Rodin (Paris)
Sasha Suda, Director and CEO of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia)
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April 20, 2023 | 6PM ET
Charlotte Vignon, Director of Heritage and Collections of the Musée national de la Céramique (Sèvres)
Courtney J. Martin, Director of the Yale Center for British Art (New Haven)

May 3, 2023 | 6PM ET
Yannick Lintz, President of the Musée national des Arts asiatiques – Guimet (Paris)
Amada Cruz, Director and CEO of the Seattle Art Museum (Seattle)

May 18, 2023 | 6PM ET
Laurence des Cars, President-Director of the Musée du Louvre
Katherine E. Fleming, President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust

June 7, 2023 | 6PM ET
Séverine Lepape, Director of the Musée national du Moyen Âge – Musée de Cluny
Julia Marciari-Alexander, Director of the Walters Art Museum of Baltimore

The schedule for fall, which will be unveiled in June, will include a focus on American and French directors from FRAME, a consortium created in 1999 that brings together 32 museums in France and North America (US and Canada).

The Villa Albertine Museum Series Spring Dialogues are made possible thanks to the generous support of Cartier and the Firends of Villa Albertine, notably Béatrice Stern, Sana Sabbagh and Denise Littlefield Sobel.

In partnership with

The Center for Curatorial Leadership

Founded in 2007 by Agnes Gund and Elizabeth W. Easton, and based in New York, the Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) trains curators to become visionary leaders of art museums. At a time when the demands of cultural institutions and the public are rapidly evolving, CCL provides essential tools to guide today’s museums and anticipate future challenges. The CCL model encompasses mentorships with museum directors, rigorous coursework in strategic management, and professional networks for support and growth. CCL is helping to build the next generation of museum leaders, ones who combine traditional curatorial connoisseurship and art historical scholarship with management expertise. 

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The Art Newspaper is the Media Partner of the 2023 Villa Albertine Museum Series.