On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Fingerman Lecture the Des Moines Art Center presents a series of four lectures by leading museum directors about the role of museums in addressing the complexity of today’s cultural, political, and social concerns. James Rondeau presents ideas that challenge long held beliefs about museums and help us envision a bold and relevant future for our cultural institutions.

The Art Institute of Chicago is a civic institution dedicated to its mission to collect, preserve and interpret works of art representing the world’s diverse artistic traditions. Now more than ever before, the fulfilment of that mission calls for the museum to address issues of equity and inclusion: in professional training and opportunities; visitor experience; and collecting, programming and interpretation. Rondeau will share his insights on the Art Institute’s efforts to becoming a more equitable museum, what it has accomplished thus far, and the immense challenges lie ahead.