Aug 29, 2018
John Boyer is president and
CEO of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, a museum dedicated to the
exhibition of the Bechtler family collection of mid-20th century
modern art. During his tenure, John has also served as curator
of the museum overseeing the design and installation of 20
different exhibitions, including shows on Alberto Giacometti, Niki
de Saint Phalle and Mario Botta. Previously, John served as
president and CEO of the Roosevelt Institute, a public policy
agency, and as executive director of the Mark Twain House. He
taught art history at Trinity College in Connecticut and lectured
at Columbia and Brown Universities. John is also the
Independent Chair of the board of the Voya Mutual Funds
family. He earned a B.A. in art history from the University of
California at Santa Barbara and an M.F.A. in the history of modern
art from Princeton University.
This episode is perfect for anyone interested in leading
a museum, defining modern art, fine arts and finance, and art as a
means to connect to a higher form of our lives.
IN THIS EPISODE
- John explains what is
important about the Bechtler Museum of Modern
describes where the Bechtler Museum is in its
timeline and the impact of the global financial
crisis on its development.
- He outlines what the Bechtler Museum would
do with more money and resources.
- He discusses receiving new works of
art and the expansion of the collection.
- John shares what he is thinking
about as leader of the institution.
- He addresses the state of
curation at the Bechtler Museum.
- He defines Modern Art and
- He responds to criticism that Modern Art
is baffling and irritating.
- John talks about
overcoming the curatorial challenge of
explaining Modern Art.
- He identifies the particular work
of art at the Bechtler Museum that profoundly
- He reflects on his California roots and what
California means to him.
- He shares what his thesis
work explored at Princeton University.
- John remembers teaching art
history at Trinity College.
- He recalls being a steward of the Mark Twain
- He explains what Mark Twain and Modern Art have in
- He talks about serving as chair of the board
of the Voya family of mutual funds.
- He shares how his work in fine arts and
finance inform each other.
- John reveals what true art is to him and his true
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