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Art Leaders

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Art Leaders

Those who are leading and transforming major public galleries, museums and institutions across the globe.

Frances Morris (MA 1983), Director, Tate Modern

“My journey began at The Courtauld”

Frances Morris joined Tate as a curator in 1987 and worked her way up through the institution until she became first woman director of Tate Modern in 2016. In 2000, when the gallery first opened, Frances played a pivotal role in the early development of the gallery. Her controversial curatorial decisions as Head of Displays (such as displaying works thematically instead of chronologically, with contemporary artworks sitting alongside the works of Monet, Matisse and Picasso), transformed the way that museums presented the story of art.

During her successful career at Tate Frances has made it her mission to broaden and diversify the gallery’s international, non-Western collection, celebrate women artists, introduce more live and performance art and ensure that Tate remains at the forefront of pioneering museum display.

Kaywin Feldman (MA 1991), Director, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

“While studying at The Courtauld, I learned that art changes people’s lives”

In 2018 Kaywin Feldman became the first woman Director of the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Prior to this she had directed three other major cultural institutions: the Fresno Metropolitan Museum of Art and Science, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. During her ten years leading the Minneapolis Institute of Art she expanded the collection and attendance rates doubled. She placed emphasis on the importance of digital access, as well as adopting social justice and equity programmes.

Kaywin has also served as president of the Association of Art Museum Directors and as chair of the American Alliance of Museums.


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