The Williams College Museum of Art Presents The Fulkerson Fund for Leadership in the Arts Lecture

For immediate release: April 14, 2011

The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) presents the annual Fulkerson lecture: “Emerging World Cultural Leadership from the Gulf – Questions and Issues,” presented by Roger Mandle, on Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 pm at the Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. This event, funded by the Fulkerson Fund for Leadership in the Arts, is free and open to the public.

Roger Mandle, Williams College Class of ’63, will deliver a lecture on the trend of rising cultural and artistic centers in the Middle East. Mandle recently moved to the capital city of Doha to explore his interest in cross-cultural issues in the arts. Mandle assumed leadership of the Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) in 2008 where, as executive director, he has been working to develop and implement marketing strategies, education programs, and curatorial programs for each museum in the consortium. After forty years of experience in arts leadership, Mandle brings a global perspective to an institution seeking to establish itself in the international art world. Mandle returns to Williams to discuss the complexities of building museums and developing cultural programs on a global scale in the Gulf and the effects of competition for resources.

About the Speaker

Mandle is the former director of the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio (1977-1988), former Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the National Gallery of Art (1988-1993), and former President of the Rhode Island School of Design (1993-2008). He serves as U.S. Ambassador for the Arts (1996-2002); executive committee chairman for the American Federation of Art; jury chairman for the National Design Awards; an advisor to the J. Paul Getty Trust’s Museum Management Institute; a member of the Museum Program Overview Panel at the National Endowment for the Arts; as well as a trustee of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, the Silk Project, and the group CEOs for Cities. A specialist in aesthetics and Dutch art, Mandle has a B.A. in studio art and art history from Williams College, an M.A. and Certificate in Museum Training from New York University, and a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University.

Mandle is one of many alumni who studied with “The Holy Trinity” of art history professors at Williams College: S. Lane Faison, Whitney Stoddard, and William Pierson. Other notable alumni that went on to lead some of the world’s major art institutions include James Wood ’63, former director of the Art Institute of Chicago; Kirk Varnedoe ’67, former curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art; John Lane ’66, former director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Thomas Krens ’69, former director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.

The Qatar Museum Authority

The QMA is a long-time dream of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, who sees Doha as a capital of culture. To this end, the QMA seeks to bridge the twenty-first century with Qatar’s rich cultural history by providing visitors with an experience unlike any other. It is the QMA’s goal that its museums become leaders and centers of education in Islamic art. The QMA’s rich collections of jewelry, orientalist art, photography, armor, coins, and natural treasures will all be housed in avant-garde buildings, that are works of art in their own right.

The Fulkerson Fund for Leadership in the Arts

Established by Allan Fulkerson, Class of 1954, the Fulkerson Fund for Leadership in the Arts provides intimate opportunities for students to interact with key art world figures. The fund encourages mentoring of Williams students by professionals and Williams alumni in the arts field; creates opportunities that enable students to connect with local arts leadership, institutions, and resources; and empowers students by making available space and resources for student-initiated experiential projects. The program, administered by the Williams College Museum of Art, is organized around a series of annual events featuring well-known arts leaders.