Maxwell L. Anderson is president of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation and Community Partnership and host of the podcast Art Scoping.

How to manage a museum

A book by Daniel H. Weiss, outgoing president and CEO of the Met, offers a public-spirited view of how a changing world can benefit from the constancy of large institutions

18 Aug 2023
Fixed assets? The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Museums beware: permanent collections are not piggy banks

The Association of Art Museum Directors’ new guidelines for deaccessioning are welcome, but they still leave its members open to monetary temptation

5 Oct 2022
Nan Goldin protesting with P.A.I.N. in the courtyard of the Louvre in July 2019.

Museums must stop turning a blind eye to dodgy donors

US museums have long relied on wealthy individuals, but the sources of some of that wealth makes this increasingly untenable

17 Dec 2021
Will Biden’s administration keep the arts in the picture?

The art world put its weight behind Biden. Will he repay the favour?

The new administration is better disposed to the arts, but that doesn’t mean there’ll be more federal funding

25 Jan 2021
A protest in Detroit on May 29, 2020, during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd. Photo: Seth Herald/AFP via Getty Images

Expressions of empathy are not enough – it’s time for US museums to act

Art museums that consider themselves places of reflection should be thinking harder about what they are for and what needs to change

4 Jun 2020