Nationally recognized art historian and curator Elliot Bostwick Davis, who was recently named curator of the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, will headline the annual luncheon of the National Institute’s Florida Chapter on Tuesday, 23 April 2019.
“Ms. Davis comes to her new job with distinguished credentials,” says Joseph Flanagan, chair of the Florida Chapter.. “We are very excited that one of her first public engagements in her new role will be at our luncheon.”
Since 2000, Davis has led the Art of the Americas department at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. As the department’s John Moors Cabot Chair, she had responsibility for one of the world’s preeminent collections of paintings, decorative arts and sculpture from North, Central, and South America. During her tenure, Davis created a new and innovative paradigm for presenting American art in a global context and expanded the breadth of artistic representation from across the Americas with important acquisitions of art by women, African Americans, Native Americans, folk and outsider artists, as well as paintings and decorative arts from the Spanish Colonial period.
Davis, who will assume the directorship on March 2, joins the Norton at a moment of transformation for the museum that includes a 59,000 square-foot expansion and new sculpture garden designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Lord Norman Foster. The new wing and expanded museum offers new galleries, classrooms, state-of-the-art auditorium, and other amenities. The expansion will enable Davis to broaden the museum’s multiple missions of serving as an inspiring and engaging cultural resource for the region, and an incubator for groundbreaking and meaningful exhibitions, scholarship, and programs.
Those interested in attending the Florida Chapter luncheon in Palm Beach, should contact the May Bell Lin, executive secretary of the Florida Chapter, at (561) 833-3044 or email@example.com.