Building a Contemporary Collection

Elliot Bostwick Davis (left) , Christopher Bedford (right)

This is one of the Before Art Basel: Collections and Conversation programs. Join these vibrant discussions at the Norton about the practice and collection of contemporary art. The programs are free with Museum admission.

Building a Contemporary Collection

Christopher Bedford, Jerry Fineberg, and Elliot Bostwick Davis

Sunday, December 1 / 3:30pm

Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) Director Christopher Bedford revised the museum’s mission to place greater emphasis on social equity and reinforced the institution’s commitment to diversity by deaccessioning seven works and acquiring more works by women and artists of color. Before joining BMA, he restored the credibility of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University after the school proposed selling its art collection and closing in response to the 2008-2009 financial crisis. During this presentation, Bedford will be joined by Jerry Fineberg, one of ArtNews magazines’s ‘Top 200 Collectors,’ who assisted in building the Rose’s contemporary collection, and Norton Director and CEO Elliot Bostwick Davis, for a conversation about institutions and their roles in presenting the diversity of contemporary art.