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Lecture: The Eternal Power of Eternal Images with Gary Vikan, PhD
Take a playful romp among the charismatic images that have shaped our lives. What do Paul Bunyan, the Evil Eye, Superman, and Elvis have in common?
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited and first come, first served.
Gary Vikan was Director of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore from 1994 to 2013; from 1985 to 1994, he was the museum’s Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Medieval Art. Before coming to Baltimore, Vikan was Senior Associate at Harvard’s Center for Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC. A native of Minnesota, he received his B.A. from Carleton College and his Ph.D. from Princeton University; he is a graduate of the Harvard Program for Art Museum Directors and the National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program.
An internationally known medieval scholar, Vikan curated a number of critically acclaimed exhibitions at the Walters, most notably, those devoted to the art of medieval Orthodoxy. During his tenure as director, Vikan led the contextual installation of the museum’s collections, eliminated its general admission fee, and provided open access to all of its digital assets. He led efforts to endow nearly two dozen museum positions, as well as an exhibition fund. Vikan has taught at Johns Hopkins University, Carleton College, Goucher College, and the Salzburg Global Seminar; in October 2014, he was Leader in Residence at the Noyce Leadership Institute. He is currently the Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professor at Carleton College.