Alumni Profile: Roger Mandle
Ever wonder who is in the famous Williams College Art Mafia? The list includes past directors of the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the National Gallery of Art. One mafia member, Mr. Roger Mandle (class of 1963), has recently made news for his move to Qatar to take the directorial position at the Qatar Museums Authority in the capital city of Doha. This burgeoning city is quickly becoming an art center and Mandle hopes it is a place where he can explore cross-cultural issues in the arts. The Qatar Museum Authority consists of the Museum of Islamic Art and a National Museum of Qatar, as well as rich collections of weaponry, textiles, and orientalist art. These impressive collections and the stunning architecture in which they will be housed will likely make Doha a destination in the coming years.
Prior to his move to the Qatar Museum Authority, Mandle was best known for his role as deputy director and chief curator at the National Gallery in Washington D.C., from 1988 to 1993, and his role as President of the Rhode Island School of Design, from 1993 to 2008, which he developed into a competitive and prestigious art school. He also worked at the Toledo Museum of Art and as a professor of Art History here at Williams College. Mandle, a specialist in aesthetics and Dutch art, has a BA from Williams College, an MA and Certificate in Museum Training from New York University, and a PhD from Case Western Reserve University.