About this program
In this talk, Daniel H. Weiss will discuss his book Why the Museum Matters (2022), a reflection on the role of art museums within our culture that also considers the evolving nature of these cultural institutions in uncertain times.
Generous support for this program has been provided by the Norma Lytton Fund for Docent Education, established in memory of Norma Lytton by her family. Lytton was an active docent at the YCBA for more than twenty years and subsequently spent a decade engaged in research for the museum’s department of Paintings and Sculpture.
About Daniel Weiss
Daniel H. Weiss, former president and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is the author of Why the Museum Matters (2022) and In That Time: Michael O’Donnell and the Tragic Era of Vietnam (2019). Weiss earned a PhD from Johns Hopkins University in medieval and Byzantine art with a minor in classical Greek art and architecture, and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. He served as president of Haverford College and Lafayette College, and as dean at the Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. He is currently Homewood Professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins and serves on the board of the Yale University Art Gallery.