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Michael Shapiro

Spelman College Museum of Fine Art

On average, women make less than men and hold fewer high-ranking positions. This even holds true in the arts.

The New York Times recently quoted another study that said out the nation’s 13 largest museums, only one is led by a woman.

In addition, a study done by the Freelands Foundation showed that between 2007 and 2013, only 27 percent of solo art shows in American museums were devoted to women.

Photos of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia taken on Thursday, January 29, 2015. (Photo/Brenna Beech; brennabeech17@att.net)
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Tuesday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

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More than 60 museum directors are expected to retire in the next decade, and one former director took it upon himself to start a conversation about that coming shift in the cultural landscape.

Michael Shapiro is director emeritus of Atlanta's High Museum of Art. Under his leadership, the museum more than doubled its size and he initiated a series of creative partnerships with other renowned institutions such as Paris' Louvre.

  Lois Reitzes sat down with Shapiro to talk about the evolution of art museums and the role of museum leadership.

An aerial view of the complete campus. From left to right are the Memorial Arts Building, Table 1280, Anne Cox Chamber Wing, Wieland Pavilion and Stent Family Wing surrounding the new Sifly Piazza. ‘’House III’’ by Roy Lichtenstein is in the foreground.
Timothy Hursley / Courtesy of High Museum of Art


Just two days before Michael Shapiro steps down as the Nancy and Holcombe T. Green Jr. director of the High Museum of Art, his successor was announced.

Randall Suffolk, currently the director of the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was selected after what museum officials described as an “international search” by its board.