When: Thursday, March 15, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cathy Leff of the Wolfsonian-FIU museum will present a lecture on The Persuasive Power of Ordinary Objects.
The Wolfsonian-Florida International University was set in motion by a big vision: to illustrate the nexus between material artifacts and society by looking at the arts and design of everyday life. Join Wolfsonian director Cathy Leff as she explores what it means for a museum to collect, display, and investigate “ordinary objects.”
Since 1996, Cathy Leff has served as Director of The Wolfsonian–Florida International University, an internationally recognized museum and research center in South Miami Beach. The museum promotes the examination of modern material culture to enhance the understanding and appreciation of objects as agents and reflections of social, political, and technological change. The organization focuses on its extraordinary collection of North American and European decorative, design, propaganda, and fine art of the 1885-1945 period, donated to Florida International University in 1997 by Mitchell Wolfson, Jr.
Leff was responsible for negotiating the gift agreement with Florida International University and worked with the university to secure annual recurring support from the Florida Legislature. She is responsible for the successful transition of what was a privately owned collection into a publicly owned one. The Wolfsonian-FIU is now a reputable cultural and educational resource.
For the past 16 years, Leff served as Publisher and Executive Editor of the critically acclaimed Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts, which fosters scholarship in the same pivotal period as the Wolfsonian collection. This publication was founded by Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. Now in its twenty-first year, it is published by The Wolfsonian-FIU.
Prior to joining The Wolfsonian, Leff was Vice President of The Wolfson Initiative Corp, and from 1976-87, assistant director of the City of Miami Community Development Department. She received her B.A. from Sophie Newcomb College, Tulane University, and studied one year at the University of Madrid. She did graduate coursework at the University of Miami School of Business, and has taken executive education courses at both Harvard and Stanford University’s Graduate Schools of Business.
Ms. Leff speaks Spanish, French, and Italian, and studies Japanese. She is currently a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors and the International Conference of Museums.
April 5, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Non-members: $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up and $12 for children 6-17.
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