Join us as we kick off this year's Scholl Lecture Series season with Arnold Lehman, renowned contemporary art advisor, administrator, and former distinguished director of the Brooklyn Museum. Lehman and PAMM Director Franklin Sirmans will discuss the ongoing issues of art censorship, government interference, and freedom of expression as epitomized by the intense controversy surrounding the Brooklyn Museum's 1999-2000 exhibition, SENSATION and, in particular, Chris Ofili's painting of The Holy Virgin Mary.
This conversation is in conjunction with the launch of Lehman's book, "SENSATION: The Madonna, The Mayor, The Media, and The First Amendment." The book provides an insider's view of the Brooklyn Museum's bitter battle with Mayor Rudy Giuliani and the city of New York. A national media frenzy, death threats, and bomb scare—all over the power of a work of art and the constitutional right to freedom of expression.
Signed copies of Lehman's new book will be available for purchase in the PAMM Shop.
About Arnold Lehman:
A bold and progressive museum director for over 40 years, and whose career began as director of the Miami Art Center, Arnold Lehman has always advocated for freedom of expression, diversity, social justice, and accessibility. Under his guidance as director, over 500 exhibitions were presented at the Brooklyn Museum and, earlier, at the Baltimore Museum of Art. He served in major cultural leadership roles nationally and in New York City throughout his distinguished career. Lehman (M.A., Johns Hopkins University; M.Phil. and Ph.D., Yale University; DHL (Hon.) Pratt Institute) was a Ford Foundation Fellow and currently serves on numerous not-for-profit boards focused on culture, education, and social justice. He chaired the board of Legg Mason Funds, where he served as a director for 40 years; and is presently a trustee of funds in the Franklin Templeton complex. Since 2015, he is Senior Advisor at Phillips.