Thomas P. Campbell in conversation with Kamini Sawhney.
In Conversation with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Thomas P. Campbell in conversation with Kamini Sawhney
This episode of MAP’s series Director’s Cut features Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco is an open, accessible, and vital contributor to the cultural life of San Francisco. Since joining the museum, Campbell has worked to strengthen its ties to local communities through an ongoing Free Saturdays programme, key acquisitions and partnerships, and the de Young Open – an open invitational exhibition that celebrates creativity in the Bay Area. Over his thirty-year career, Campbell has worked towards the preservation, study and promotion of art as a gateway to human understanding.
The Director’s Cut series, anchored by MAP’s Director, Kamini Sawhney, offers a glimpse into how the institution of the museum is being reimagined and reinvented today and presents a unique opportunity to hear from reputed practitioners in museums around the world as they reflect on their institutional experiences, behind-the-scenes challenges, unique initiatives, and more.
Thomas P. CampbellDirector, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Having served for over a decade as Director and CEO of two major art museums in the USA — the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 2009–2017, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco since 2018 — Thomas P. Campbell has dedicated his life to the preservation, study, and promotion of art as a gateway to human understanding. A distinguished art historian, Campbell joined the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s curatorial ranks in 1995. Following his appointment as Director, he led a revitalisation and modernisation achieved through award-winning exhibitions and publications, major capital projects, and historic donations of works of art.
Kamini SawhneyDirector, Museum of Art & Photography (MAP)
Kamini Sawhney is the first Director of the Museum of Art & Photography (MAP), Bangalore. She has brought together a young, inspired team that is focused on creating a new museum experience for audiences in India.
In her earlier role, Sawhney was the head of the Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation. Bringing institutions together in collaborative projects has been one of her special skills enabling audiences in India the opportunity to enjoy several exhibitions in collaboration with Tate, London, Foam, Amsterdam, Duke University, Durham, the KNMA, New Delhi and more. Sawhney was selected as one of the first candidates for the Brooks fellowship at Tate Modern, London in 2014 in collaboration with the Delfina Foundation.
In a previous avatar as a journalist and television anchor, Sawhney was the Bureau Chief of NDTV, Mumbai, one of India’s leading news channels where she reported on a whole range of events, both political and cultural.