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The Era of the Visionary Museum Director Is Over … or It Should Be

Category: Leadership

In this op-ed, the Director of the Chazen Museum of Art argues that the “cult of the visionary museum director” undermines the progress institutions can make by favoring sweeping and ill-informed “visions” over nuanced, practical, and context-specific plans.

I recall interviewing as a candidate for director positions, and "What is your vision?" was the most common question. The question requires candidates to take their limited knowledge of an institution and spin an ambitious fantasy out of the barest of understanding, as if a "vision" could suddenly emerge like Athena, fully formed from the head of Zeus.

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