Terra Foundation-supported Events

Dialogue: “Conversations on Culture: Henri Loyrette and Michael Shapiro”

The Mona Bismarck American Center and the Terra Foundation for American Art are pleased to invite Henri Loyrette, Président-Directeur Emeritus, Musée du Louvre and Michael Shapiro, Director Emeritus, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, to discuss key challenges museums will face in the next decade. How will museums respond to the current economic situation, global realities, and audience expectations? What skills will be needed for curators and directors to sustain and strengthen today’s art museums? Do French and American museums share similar goals and face similar obstacles? Will they need to evolve in similar ways?

The evening’s conversation, moderated by Elizabeth Glassman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Terra Foundation for American Art, will range from stories about individual encounters with artworks to discussions about the future trajectory of museums. Ms. Glassman, Mr. Loyrette, and Mr. Shapiro, who have worked together on several projects in the past, will discuss their shared passion for art and offer insights, expertise, and advice on the role of art museums in 2016 and beyond.


  • Henri Loyrette is a French curator and art historian, former Président of the Musée d’Orsay, and Président-Directeur Emeritus of the Musée du Louvre. Today, he serves as Conseiller d’État and has been recently named Président of the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.
  • Michael E. Shapiro is an American art historian and curator, Director Emeritus of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. He recently authored Eleven Museums, Eleven Directors: Conversations on Art and Leadership, a book of interviews with eleven American museum directors published with the American Alliance of Museums.
  • Elizabeth Glassman is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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