Past Events

The Paul Mellon Lectures: Kaywin Feldman, Director of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Lecture – Kaywin Feldman

  • 3 November 2021
  • 4:00 – 5:30 pm
  • The second of six lectures on the topic of The Museum and Gallery Today, part of the 2021 Paul Mellon Lectures.
  • Online

Established in 1994, this lecture series was named in honour of Paul Mellon (Yale College, class of 1929), the philanthropist, collector of British art, and founder of both the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) in New Haven and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (PMC). Co-organised by the two institutions, these biennial lectures have traditionally been given by a specialist in British art, first at the National Gallery, London, and again at the YCBA in New Haven.

This year’s series, entitled The Museum and Gallery Today, is exclusively online and features individual talks from some of the world’s most distinguished museum and gallery directors. The lectures are presented as free live webinars. Registration is required.

About the speaker

  • Head and shoulders portrait of Kaywin Feldman with crossed arms

    Kaywin Feldman received a BA in classical archaeology from the University of Michigan, an MA in museum studies from the Institute of Archaeology at the University of London, and an MA in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. In 2019, she became the fifth Director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and is the first woman to hold this distinguished position. Prior to joining the gallery, Feldman led the Minneapolis Institute of Art as its Nivin and Duncan MacMillan Director and President. She is a trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the White House Historical Association, and the Chipstone Foundation, and a member of the State Hermitage Museum International Advisory Board. She is a past president of the of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) and past chair of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). Feldman has lectured widely and published numerous articles on reinventing the museum for the twenty-first century