Speaker: Maxwell Anderson
April 15-18, 2009
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Speakers: Biography

Maxwell Anderson

The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO
Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Road
Indianapolis IN
46208-3326 USA

Maxwell L. Anderson became The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO of the Indianapolis Museum of Art in May 2006. In over twenty years as a museum director, overseeing museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art and Toronto's Art Gallery of Ontario, Anderson has championed the use of multimedia and networked information to connect visitors with collections. The founding chairman of AMICO (Art Museum Image Consortium), he has led the Association of Art Museum Directors' forays into technology for many years, most recently launching the AAMD Object Registry, an online resource documenting acquisitions of antiquities lacking complete provenance after 1970. His publications on museums and technology have promoted greater transparency among institutions, and his advocacy led the IMA to launch, in 2007, the first real-time museum dashboard, revealing over 50 fields of sensitive financial and performance data and soliciting commentary from the general public about the museum's commitment to openness.

Anderson received an A.B. from Dartmouth in 1977 with highest distinction in Art History, and a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1981. He worked at The Metropolitan Museum of Art as a curator of Greek and Roman Art from 1981-87; during his tenure he taught in the Department of Art & Archaeology at Princeton University, and at the Università di Roma. He was president of the Association of Art Museum Directors in 2002-2003, and was decorated as a Commendatore, the Italian Presidential Order of Merit, in 1990.

Maxwell will present Moving from Virtual to Visceral. [Paper]