Maxwell L. Anderson

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Maxwell L. Anderson
Born (1956-05-01) May 1, 1956 (age 61)[citation needed]
New York City, New York, United States
Occupation President of Souls Grown Deep Foundation, historian, author, executive
Spouse(s) Jacqueline Anderson (m. 1995)
Children 2

Maxwell L. Anderson (born May 1, 1956) is an American art historian, author, and non-profit executive, who currently serves as Executive Director of the New Cities Foundation and as President of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

The son of Columbia University's Julian Clarence Levi Professor Quentin Anderson and grandson of the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Maxwell Anderson, he was born in 1956 in New York City and raised there, attending Collegiate School (New York) and graduating from The Dalton School. He received an A.B. from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire in 1977 with highest distinction in Art History, and A.M. (1978) and Ph.D. (1981) degrees in the history of Art from Harvard University.[2]


Maxwell Anderson worked as a curatorial assistant at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and subsequently as assistant curator from 1981–87,[3] and became director of the Michael C. Carlos Museum in Atlanta, Georgia (1987–1995),[4] director of Toronto's Art Gallery of Ontario (1995–1998),[5] the Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City (1998–2003).[6] and the Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO of the Indianapolis Museum of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States.[7] He was most recently the Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art from 2012–2015.[8]

In 2003, Anderson resigned from the Whitney Museum over disagreements with Board leadership about the Museum’s artistic direction,[9] and became a Leadership Fellow at the Yale School of Management's Chief Executive Leadership Program, and subsequently joined AEA Consulting of London and New York, a firm advising cultural institutions on planning and programming. In 2006, he resumed his career as a museum director in Indianapolis.[10] At the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the museum added over $30 million to its endowment through gifts and pledges and more than doubled museum attendance to reach some 450,000 visitors annually.[2][11] His tenure at the Dallas Museum of Art included introducing free general admission,[12] a novel loyalty program attracting over 100,000 members,[13] and a fifteen-year loan of a significant collection of Islamic art.[14]

He has lectured and published widely on general issues of museum practice, especially on the ethical collecting of antiquities,[3] institutional transparency, free expression, artists’ rights, and uses of new technologies.[15] Anderson is a former president of the Association of Art Museum Directors, and a board member of the National Committee for the History of Art, the National Center for Arts Research, and a trustee of the American Federation of Arts.[2] In 1990, he was decorated with the rank of Commendatore (Knight Commander) in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic [16] and in 2010 was awarded the French Republic's rank of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters).[2][17]


Anderson has long worked in the field of antiquities, serving as an assistant curator in the Department of Greek and Roman Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1982–87,[18] and holding teaching positions in the field of Roman art history at the University of Rome II, Princeton University, and Emory University. At the Michael C. Carlos Museum he negotiated several long-term loans of previously unpublished archaeological material to underscore the value of provenance.[19]

In 2007, while director of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, he recognized 1970 as a "bright line" when acquiring ancient art.[20] He advocated changes in the acquisitions policies of the Association of Art Museum Directors as founding chair of its Task Force on Archaeological Materials & Ancient Art beginning in 2003, culminating in its 2008 adoption of a bright line of 1970 as well.[21]

In December 2016 Oxford University Press published his book "Antiquities: What Everyone Needs to Know"[22]

New media[edit]

Anderson was one of the earliest proponents of using new media technologies to advance public interest in art.[23] As Liaison for Information Technology of the AAMD and a Member of the Advisory Council of the Getty Art History Information Program (AHIP) he helped found the Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO) in 1997 and the Art Museum Network in 1999.[24] In 2008, he modeled museum transparency with the award-winning IMA Dashboard [25] and in 2009, he launched ArtBabble, a site for art museums worldwide to share video content.[26]


  1. ^ Kennedy, Randy (2016-06-23). "Former Dallas Museum Director to Join African-American Art Foundation". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  2. ^ a b c d Maxwell Anderson. "MLA Short Bio". Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Michael Kimmelman (December 30, 1983). "Sorting Out Who Was Who in Rome". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  4. ^ Edward Lewine (July 2, 1995). "The Newest Acquisitions Are Wands and Web Sites". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  5. ^ Nomi Morris (July 27, 1998). "Looted Art Controversy". Maclean's. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  6. ^ Lee Rosenbaum (October 23, 2002). "Hip Is Out as Director Transforms a Museum". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
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  8. ^ Kepler, Carol Vogel; Compiled By Adam W. (2011-10-23). "Dallas Museum Lands New Director". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  9. ^ Carol Vogel (May 13, 2003). "Director of the Whitney Resigns". The New York Times. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  10. ^ Hilarie M. Sheets (March 28, 2007). "Seeking a Lift From the Contemporary". The New York Times. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Maxwell Anderson Appointed as Dallas Museum of Art Director". Dallas Art News. 20 October 2011. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  12. ^ "Hits and Misses: Quick-hit editorials on the week's highs and lows". Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  13. ^ "Dallas Museum of Art's DMA Friends Program Home to 100,000 Members | Dallas Museum of Art". Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  14. ^ Lawrence, Lee (2014-02-10). "Dallas Museum of Art Makes a Great Leap With the Keir Collection". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  15. ^ Maxwell Anderson. "Publications". Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  16. ^ Presidenza Della Repubblica. "Commendatore Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana". Retrieved September 8, 2010. 
  17. ^ "IMA Director Maxwell L. Anderson Awarded Knighthood by French Government" (PDF). Press Release. Indianapolis Museum of Art. Retrieved June 24, 2011. 
  18. ^ Pace, Eric (1983-12-30). "MET REINSTALLS XXIV NOBLE ROMANS". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  19. ^ Gill, David (2008-06-30). "Looting Matters: Archaeological Loans: Looking Back to EUMILOP". Looting Matters. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  20. ^ "Indianapolis Museum of Art Declares Moratorium on Antiquities Acquisitions - Archaeological Institute of America". Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  21. ^ "Strengthened Guidelines on the Acquisition of Archaeological Material and Ancient Art Issued by Association of Art Museum Directors". Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  22. ^ "HOME". Antiquities. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  23. ^ "How Fares the Wired Museum? Report on the 32nd Annual Conference of the Museum Computer Network (November 10-13, 2004, Minneapolis, Minnesota)". Retrieved 2016-07-30. 
  24. ^ "Maxwell L. Anderson". Biographies. Library of Congress. 
  25. ^ "MW2008: Announcing the Best of the Web 2008". April 11, 2008. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  26. ^ Kate Taylor (April 7, 2009). "ArtBabble Site Opens Window to World of Museums". The New York Times. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 

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