About: Director Arnold L. Lehman

Arnold L. Lehman

Arnold L. Lehman
Shelby White and Leon Levy Director

Arnold Lehman has served as Director of the Brooklyn Museum, one of the oldest and largest fine arts collections in the nation, since 1997. His first official act as Director was to march in Brooklyn's West Indian Labor Day Parade. Since then, he has prioritized both the individual visitor's experience and the community’s engagement with the Museum (and the Museum's relevance to the community) through the presentation of innovative exhibitions and reinstallations of the permanent collection; highly successful public programs that address the diversity of the collection and the community; active support for and participation of Brooklyn-based artists; and an ongoing major capital program that has greatly enhanced the accessibility of the Museum and the preservation of its collections.

Prior to his leadership in Brooklyn, Dr. Lehman (Ph.D, M.Phil., Yale University) was Director of the Baltimore Museum of Art for almost two decades, and Adjunct Professor of the History of Art at Johns Hopkins University. He has served as the President of the Association of Art Museum Directors and, from 2008 to 2011, was the Chair of the Cultural Institutions Group (CIG) of New York City, representing 33 major cultural institutions. He has since been reelected to the CIG position. In addition, he now serves as Co-Chair of the Arts and Culture Transition Committee for New York’s new Mayor.