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Ethical Collecting and Deaccessioning

Museums support Democracy Virtual Series

12 - 1:30 PM | Friday, June 24 EST

Virtual webinar is free; advance registration required.

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 ASL interpretation provided by Interpretek.


Image courtesy of Christopher Myers Photography

Christopher Bedford


San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

Christopher Bedford is currently the director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and formerly the Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director of The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA)– the 10th director to lead the museum, which is renowned for its outstanding collections of 19th-century, modern, and contemporary art. Recognized as an innovative and dynamic leader for building greater community engagement and creating programs of national and international impact, Bedford served as director of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University for four years prior to joining the BMA and was appointed Commissioner for the US Pavilion for the 2017 Venice Biennale, the world's most prestigious contemporary art fair, which presented an exhibition of new work by American artist Mark Bradford. Previously Bedford held positions of chief curator and curator of exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University (2008-2012), where he organized a nationally travelling exhibition of the work of Mark Bradford. He also served as assistant curator and curatorial assistant in the Department of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2006-2008) and consulting curator in the Department of Sculpture and Decorative Arts for the J. Paul Getty Museum (2006-2008). Born in Scotland and raised in the United States and the UK, Bedford has a Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College, received a master’s degree in art history through the joint program at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Museum of Art, and has studied in the doctoral programs in art history at the University of Southern California and the Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London. Bedford is also a noted author and contributor to publications including Art in America, ArtForum, and Frieze, among others.

Lisa Sasaki


Smithsonian American Women's History Museum, Smithsonian Institution

Lisa Sasaki is currently the interim director of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum.  Prior to this appointment, she was the director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, which brings the Asian Pacific American stories to communities through innovative museum experiences. Sasaki has worked in the museum field for 25 years for organizations like the Oakland Museum of California and the Japanese American National Museum. She also served as President of the Western Museums Association’s Board of Directors and as a member of AAM’s Facing Change working group and the Advisory Council for the Council of Jewish American Museums.

About Museum Hue

Museum Hue is a nationally recognized organization that works to paint a larger portrait of the arts and culture field by providing greater support and recognition for Black, Indigenous, and people of color throughout museums and other cultural entities across the United States. Founded in 2015, Museum Hue has partnered and collaborated with arts and culture entities throughout the nation. Visit

About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at:

About Humanities New York

Using dialogue, reflection, and critical thinking, Humanities New York applies the humanities to strengthen democratic society. Established in 1975 as the state aliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Humanities New York is a private 501(c)(3) organization that may receive federal, state, and private funding. Learn more at:

The Museum Association of New York helps shape a better future for museums and museum professionals by uplifting best practices and building organizational capacity through advocacy, training, and networking opportunities.

Museum Association of New York is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. 

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