Meet the Museums' Directors
Elizabeth Broun, director,
Smithsonian American Art Museum
BIO: Art historian, 59, born in Kansas City, Mo.; raised in Independence, Kan. Majored in French and art history at University of Kansas; got a master's at Kansas in medieval art history. Became interested in museum work through graduate seminars at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. Spent three years at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. Earned a doctorate in American art history at Kansas for her work on American art exhibited at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. Has done extensive curatorial work on Albert Pinkham Ryder, Thomas Hart Benton, Stuart Davis, Childe Hassam, Patrick Ireland, Pat Steir and James McNeill Whistler. Came to American Art in 1983. Has been director since August 1989.
QUOTE: On the delays that kept the museum closed for six years:
"In retrospect, I have come to believe it was a blessing in disguise. It gave us time to think of ambitious things we would have never done."
IF SHE COULD TAKE HOME ONE PAINTING: Ryder's "Jonah" (1885-1895).
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Marc Pachter, director,
National Portrait Gallery
|Alice Neel's "Self Portrait" is Marc Pachter's top choice.|
QUOTE: "A performance is a portrait as well. A biography is a portrait as well. Because they are all ways of delivering lives."
IF HE COULD TAKE HOME ONE PAINTING: Alice Neel's "Self-Portrait" (1980).