Art historian Kavita Singh and entertainment executive Anne Sweeney are the newest members of the J. Paul Getty Trust Board of Trustees, it was announced Wednesday.
Singh, a professor of art history at the School of Arts and Aesthetics of Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, specializes in the history of Indian painting, particularly the Mughal and Rajput schools, and the history and politics of museums, particularly in India.
Sweeney is the former president of Disney’s ABC Television Group and co-chair of Disney Media Networks. Prior to joining Disney in 1996, she was chairman and CEO of FX Networks Inc., and before that spent a dozen years at Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite.
She has served on the Netflix Board of Directors since 2015 and has been a member of the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees since 2016.
James Cuno, president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, called Singh “a deeply insightful scholar of the role of museums in today’s world.”
“Her leadership will be particularly important as Getty embarks upon `Ancient Worlds Now: A Future for the Past’ and seeks to promote a greater understanding of the world’s cultural heritage and its universal value to society,” Cuno said.
Singh said she was “honored to join such an important international arts institution, particularly as we embark upon this ambitious initiative focusing on the ancient world.”
“As someone who studies culture, heritage, tradition and how we decide what survives and why we should value it, I am eager to join Getty’s work at this critical juncture,” she said. “The Getty has been at the forefront of thinking about art history’s role in a globalizing world.”
Cuno said Sweeney “has been deeply involved in the work of the Getty Conservation Institute since joining the GCI Council three years ago. I’m delighted she agreed to come onto the board, and I look forward to Anne’s leadership and savvy as we communicate the work of Getty internationally.”
Trustees are elected for four-year terms, and serve up to three terms.
“Having seen firsthand the transformational work the Getty Conservation Institute has undertaken, I’m eager to expand Getty’s impact,” Sweeney said.
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