International Sculpture Center

   


Key Note Address Speaker: Ned Rifkin
Under Secretary of Art, Smithsonian:


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More Information:
Smithsonian Institution News
Washingtonpost.com-Ned Rifkin Explains
It All
Rifkin Leaves High Museum for Menil
Biography:  
Rifkin has been a teacher, curator, and most notably a national arts leader at prominent arts institutions including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Menil Collection, High Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery, and New Museum of Contemporary Art. Throughout his career he has supported contemporary artists, promoted the public dialogue on art, and initiated discussions on public policy toward the arts. He has a comprehensive view of the relationship of art to the public and what art can do in the public sphere. The ISC is delighted to have someone of Rifkin's stature opening the conference and setting the tone for the entire event!  
Short Bio:  
  • 1949:  Born on November 10 in Florence, Alabama
  • 1967:  Graduated from Great Neck South Senior High School  in 1967
  • 1972:  Earned an undergraduate degree (A.B.) in fine art  and philosophy at Syracuse University
  • 1973:  Earned a Master’s Degree in the History of Art from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 1977:  Earned a Doctor of Philosphy in the History of Art  from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 1977-1980:  Assistant Professor of Art, The University of Texas at Arlington
  • 1980-1984: Curator and Assistant Director, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
  • 1984-1986: Curator of Contemporary Art, The CorcoranGallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
  • 1986-1991: Chief Curator, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • 1991-1999: Director, The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2000-2001: Director, The Menil Collection and Foundation, Houston, Texas
  • 2002-2005: Director, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • 2004-present:  Under Secretary for Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.