Th­is program explores the politics of international cultural exchange since the 2011 moratorium on loans of art objects between Russian, government-owned museums and institutions in the United States. Th­e program begins with a conversation between art museum directors Mikhail Piotrovski of the State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, and Glenn Lowry of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, followed by a discussion between Ambassador Mikhail Shvydkoy, Special Commitments of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the Russian Federation, and Nicholas Berliner, Director of the Office of Russian Affairs, U.S. State Department. Daniel T. Orlovsky, Professor and George Bouhe Research Fellow in Russian Studies, Dedman College of Humanities & Sciences, SMU, moderates both conversations.

This program was organized by the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies at SMU, in collaboration with the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) and the Meadows Museum.


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