Maxwell L. Anderson

Maxwell L. Anderson
Maxwell L. Anderson
Born 1956
New York, New York, USA
Occupation Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO, Indianapolis Museum of Art
Spouse Jacqueline Anderson

Maxwell L. Anderson (born 1956) is the Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO of the Indianapolis Museum of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. On January 9, 2012, Anderson will assume the role of the Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art, following a five-and-a-half-year tenure at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.[1]


Early life and education

The son of Columbia University's Julian Clarence Levi Professor Quentin Anderson and grandson of the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Maxwell Anderson, he was born in 1956 in New York City and raised there, attending Collegiate School (New York) and graduating from The Dalton School. He received an A.B. from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire in 1977 with highest distinction in Art History, and A.M. (1978) and Ph.D. (1981) degrees in the history of Art from Harvard University.[2]


Maxwell Anderson worked as a curatorial assistant at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and subsequently as assistant curator from 1981–87,[3] and became director of the Michael C. Carlos Museum in Atlanta, Georgia (1987–1995),[4] director of Toronto's Art Gallery of Ontario (1995–1998)[5] and the Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City (1998–2003).[6]

In 2003, Anderson resigned from the Whitney Museum over disagreements with Board leadership about the Museum’s artistic direction,[7] and became a Leadership Fellow at the Yale School of Management's Chief Executive Leadership Program, and subsequently joined AEA Consulting of London and New York, a firm advising cultural institutions on planning and programming. In 2006, he resumed his career as a museum director in Indianapolis.[8] Since arriving at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the museum has added over $30 million to its endowment through gifts and pledges and has more than doubled museum attendance to reach some 450,000 visitors annually.[1][2]

He has lectured and published widely on general issues of museum practice, especially on the ethical collecting of antiquities,[3] institutional transparency, free expression, artists’ rights, and uses of new technologies.[9] Anderson is a former president of the Association of Art Museum Directors, and trustee of the American Federation of Arts.[2] In 1990, he was decorated with the rank of Commendatore (Knight Commander) in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic [10] and in 2010 was awarded the French Republic's rank of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters).[2][11]

New media

Anderson was one of the earliest proponents of using new media technologies to advance public interest in art.[12] As Liaison for Information Technology of the AAMD and a Member of the Advisory Council of the Getty Art History Information Program (AHIP) he helped found the Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO) in 1997 and the Art Museum Network in 1999.[13] In 2008, he modeled museum transparency with the award winning IMA Dashboard [14] and in 2009, he launched ArtBabble, a site for art museums worldwide to share video content.[15]


  1. ^ a b "Maxwell Anderson Appointed as Dallas Museum of Art Director". Dallas Art News. 20 October 2011. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d Maxwell Anderson. "MLA Short Bio". Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Michael Kimmelman (December 30, 1983). "Sorting Out Who Was Who in Rome". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  4. ^ Edward Lewine (July 2, 1995). "The Newest Acquisitions Are Wands and Web Sites". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  5. ^ Nomi Morris (July 27, 1998). "Looted Art Controversy". Maclean's. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  6. ^ Lee Rosenbaum (October 23, 2002). "Hip Is Out as Director Transforms a Museum". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  7. ^ Carol Vogel (May 13, 2003). "Director of the Whitney Resigns". The New York Times. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  8. ^ Hilarie M. Sheets (March 28, 2007). "Seeking a Lift From the Contemporary". The New York Times. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  9. ^ Maxwell Anderson. "Publications". Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  10. ^ Presidenza Della Repubblica. "Commendatore Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana". Retrieved September 8, 2010. 
  11. ^ "IMA Director Maxwell L. Anderson Awarded Knighthood by French Government". Press Release. Indianapolis Museum of Art. Retrieved June 24, 2011. 
  12. ^ Paul Beddoe-Stephens (May 11, 1999). "Hustling Fine Art on the Web". Wired News. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Maxwell L. Anderson". Biographies. Library of Congress. 
  14. ^ "MW2008: Announcing the Best of the Web 2008". April 11, 2008. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  15. ^ Kate Taylor (April 7, 2009). "ArtBabble Site Opens Window to World of Museums". The New York Times. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 

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