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Agnes Gund
Agnes Gund is president emerita of the Museum of Modern Art and chair of its International Council. She is also chair of MoMA PS1. Ms. Gund joined the MoMA Board in 1976 and served as its president from 1991 until 2002. She is the founder and board chair of Studio in a School, a non-profit organization she established in 1977 in response to budget cuts that virtually eliminated arts classes from New York City public schools. In January 2012, Ms. Gund was appointed member of the New York State Council on the Arts. A philanthropist and collector of modern and contemporary art, Ms. Gund currently serves on the boards of Chess in the Schools, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies, and Socrates Sculpture Park, among others. She is co-founder of the Center for Curatorial Leadership and an honorary trustee of the Independent Curators International as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland. A civic leader and staunch supporter of education, women’s issues and environmental concerns, among other causes, Ms. Gund is the former chair of the Mayor’s Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission of New York City and has served on the boards of such wide-ranging organizations as the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, the Frick, the Fund for Public Schools, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. She earned a B.A. in History from Connecticut College and a M.A. in Art History from Harvard University. She has received numerous honorary doctorate degrees, including honors from Bowdoin College (2012), CUNY Graduate Center (2007), and Brown University (1996). In 1997, Ms. Gund received the National Medal of the Arts from President Clinton.

Entries by Agnes Gund


(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2016 | 5:38 PM

2016-07-18-1468858052-4567846-BFA_4065_458810.jpgRain or shine, Bill never missed the chance to capture New York City's street style. Photo credit: Billy Farrell/, 2012

As all of New York and most of the rest of the world knows, the inimitable Bill Cunningham died recently,...

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Of Joy, Delight... And Art

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2016 | 5:56 PM

Often when we think about the arts, we are thinking about the ways they help us. The arts - we say, and I believe - help children gain confidence and resiliency. The arts express the deepest feelings and fears we face as adults, every day. The arts enrich our spaces...

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Fighting Against the "Fear of Art"

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 2:34 PM

When the New School's Center for Public Scholarship organized a two-day conference in New York on "The Fear of Art," it was impossible not to be moved. The subject was censorship, banning, and violence against art. Artists, curators, scholars, students, art lovers and freedom lovers came together to...

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About Susan Sollins

(1) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 5:13 PM

Susan Sollins died on October 13 and changed the lives of all who knew her. It was such a sudden loss -- startling, saddening, totally unexpected. Susan was a person who planned and scheduled, who thrived on the day-to-day demands and deadlines that made her multiple accomplishments possible. Minute to...

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Fame, Fortune and the Female Artist

(7) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 6:47 PM

I have collected art, and been involved with artists and the art world, for almost 50 years. Through all that time, I have wondered why female artists have less success, fewer exhibitions and attention, than male artists. I own works by women artists; it is hard for me to see,...

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Arts and Education

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 1:52 PM

At PS 46 in Harlem, the corridors, the classrooms and the courtyard are full of collages and prints and drawings, posters and paintings, murals and sculptures. Art is everywhere. I am visiting the school to see its own artist, Robin Holder, at work with the children of PS...

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This Summer's Bad News

(1) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 7:45 PM

On the last day of July, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved cutting the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities by 49 percent. The 2014 budget would give just $75 million to each of the Endowments. Their budgets have not been this low since...

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Creativity Every Single Day

(5) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 11:56 AM

In our time, there is a great deal of spirited talk about creativity. There are new programs and whole creativity departments in universities; there are polls and surveys, a myriad of award and prizes, tests and exercises, all intended to identify and extol creativity. Creativity is a concept with deep...

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Artists for Artists

(1) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 4:35 PM

Fifty years. Nine hundred artists. Two thousand grants. At its most succinct, this is the story of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA), the unique and timeless organization established by Jasper Johns and John Cage in 1963. In the fifty years since the Foundation's...

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About a Museum

(2) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 1:40 PM

My education in the arts began at the Cleveland Museum of Art. As a Cleveland child, I visited the museum's halls and corridors, gallery spaces and shows, over and over. For me, the Cleveland Museum was a school of my very own--the place where my eyes opened, my...

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Public Art and Argument

(2) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 2:51 PM

"Green Acres" is an undulating, terraced sculpture in the courtyard of the Department of Environmental Protection Agency in Trenton, New Jersey. The work is a monument to New Jersey's land and landscapes, its arbors and harbors and pastures. "Green Acres" reflects the waves and skyways, the...

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From M*A*S*H to Math

(3) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 2:39 PM

Alan Alda -- yes, that Alan Alda -- has recently made the news as a science educator. PBS News Hour, the New York Times, and numerous blogs and other publications are reporting Alda's efforts to excite children's interest in science. Alda recalls himself as an eleven-year-old,...

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Helping Artists Become Artists

(8) Comments | Posted December 19, 2011 | 1:21 PM

One of the mysteries of the arts is how an artist becomes an artist. We know that very few trained and talented visual artists actually make careers in the arts. We know, heartbreakingly so, that even very dedicated and inspired artists fail to claim and hold attention for their work....

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Music and Our Children

(2) Comments | Posted September 14, 2011 | 12:56 PM

So often, we hear that music education is being cut away in American schools, leaving our children without the preparation to play instruments, to listen creatively, to sing or read music or write it. Usually this lament is slapped against a magical, perhaps mythical, memory of a past when, as...

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Artists as Ambassadors

(2) Comments | Posted June 20, 2011 | 4:25 PM

I love it when an obligation becomes an opportunity. When I was asked to speak at a recent gathering of FAPE (the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies) the obligation became just that: an opportunity. An opportunity to think about American art and artists abroad in the...

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No Overlap -- About Small Cultural Institutions

(1) Comments | Posted April 12, 2011 | 10:36 PM

I have been thinking, and then thinking some more, about small arts institutions -- about why and how they matter. We know that there are a great many arts organizations in this country; perhaps, we are sometimes told, there are too many arts organizations. But when I think about museums...

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Small Is Beautiful: The Nearby Arts

(2) Comments | Posted February 25, 2011 | 12:55 PM

Recently, I visited the Demuth Museum in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The Demuth is run by a fine young professional, Anne Lampe. At the Demuth, I discovered a museum with remarkable buildings, collections and programs. I saw work I hadn't seen and I learned a lot. What I learned from...

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Relish the Art That Surrounds You

(3) Comments | Posted October 18, 2010 | 4:27 PM

We are surrounded by art and beauty -- all of us, wherever we live, whatever we do. Our challenge is to recognize and relish it. Let me explain.

First, I have had a lifelong love affair with art and have been fortunate to have studied in, learned from, guided...

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Taking the Arts Seriously

(14) Comments | Posted June 7, 2010 | 4:40 PM

Where do the arts fit in relation to other important parts of our society? Where are they situated in the consciousness of our time? I find myself thinking about this a lot, worrying that the fit is, in a word, bad. All too often in our society, the arts are...

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Artists Face Tough Times In Economic Downturn

(10) Comments | Posted February 4, 2010 | 11:54 AM

All of us are worried about the economy. All of us know people who have lost their jobs, or young people who can't find jobs. Endowments are down at universities and foundations; savings and retirement funds are down for individual Americans. Day to day, decision by decision, life is harder...

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