21st-Century Museums

Eric Dorfman

Daniel G. and Carole L. Kamin Director, Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Areas of focus: The Anthropocene, biodiversity and ecosystems, the future of museums

Eric Dorfman is the director of Carnegie Museum of Natural History, one of the largest natural history museum’s in the country. He is an expert on the Anthropocene, which is the concept that human activity has had a profound and pervasive impact on the planet, such that its effects will be present in the fossil record millions of years from now. His PhD, from The University of Sydney, concerned scale-dependent resource use of waterbirds in central and eastern Australia. Before this, he worked on the behavioral ecology porpoise in Monterey Bay, California, through San Jose State University. Dorfman is an active advocate for natural and cultural heritage and has published books on natural history and climate change, as well as children’s fiction and scholarly articles on museology and ecology. 

A full biography is available upon request.
To schedule an interview, email Erin Southerland 
or call her at 412.353.4818.

Danielle Linzer

Danielle Linzer

Director of Learning and Public Engagement, The Andy Warhol Museum

Areas of focus: 21st-century Museums, Diversity and Inclusion, Teaching Across the Humanities, Andy Warhol

Prior to her arrival at The Warhol, Danielle Linzer was director of access and community programs at the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2016, she published Room to Rise, findings from a multi-year research initiative investigating long-term impacts of teen programs in art museums. In 2012, she received an Emerging Leader award from the Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability conference, organized by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Her digital media initiatives have been honored with awards from the Jodi Mattes Trust, the American Alliance of Museums, and the Museums and the Web annual conference. Linzer received her bachelor of arts from the University of Pennsylvania and holds a master of science in leadership in museum education from Bank Street College.

To schedule an interview, email Charlene Bidula or call her at 412.237.8351.

Patrick Moore

Patrick Moore

Director of The Andy Warhol Museum

Areas of focus: 21st-century Museums, Contemporary Art, Technology and Innovation, Andy Warhol

Patrick Moore joined The Andy Warhol Museum in 2011 as director of development before becoming deputy director and managing director. Prior to his arrival at The Warhol, Moore worked as a digital producer for Yahoo! and was also the founding director of The Estate Project for Artists with AIDS (a project of The Alliance for the Arts, New York). He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with degrees in theater direction and English literature. As a writer, Moore has published books with Beacon Press and Kensington. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, the New York Times, Newsday and The Advocate.

To schedule an interview, email Charlene Bidula or call her at 412.237.8351.

Marilyn Russell

Marilyn Russell

Curator of Education, Carnegie Museum of Art

Areas of focus: 21st-century Museums, Teaching Across the Humanities, Diversity and Inclusion

A member of Carnegie Museum of Art’s senior leadership team, Marilyn Russell is responsible for developing the museum’s philosophy and strategies for audience engagement, interpretation of the collection and temporary exhibitions, and investigating how art and art museums remain relevant in 21st-century life.

She leads a team of educators and teaching artists who design and facilitate memorable experiences with art for adults and children throughout the region. Activities include The Art Connection, the museum’s renowned Saturday art classes for youth; summer camp for children; innovative gallery programs for school students and professional learning for teachers, including the new Empowered Educators series that focuses on race and social justice as they impact K-12 learning; artist talks and artist-led workshops for adults; and drop-in gallery programs for children and families. New programs include a Youth Arts Initiative, in which high school students design museum experiences for their peers, and an architecture apprenticeship for high school youth interested in urban design.

In partnership with colleagues at The Andy Warhol Museum, Russell launched a program for medical school students designed to enhance skills in observation and visual literacy, and guided development of a gallery program for individuals living with dementia. She provides oversight for The Arts Education Collaborative, an agency focused on transforming K-12 education by making the arts central. She holds a masters degree in the history of art from the University of Michigan.

To schedule an interview, email Emily Willson or call her at 412.622.3328.

Ingrid Schaffner

Curator of the 57th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art

Areas of focus: Contemporary Art, 21st-century Museums

Ingrid Schaffner is an American curator, art critic, writer, and educator, specializing in art history. She is currently at work on the 57th Carnegie International, which will open in fall 2018 at Carnegie Museum of Art. Known for the breadth of her art historical knowledge and her exceptional collaborations with artists such as Richard Artschwager, Barry LeVa, Karen Kilimnik, Maira Kalman, and Anne Tyng, Schaffner’s work often coalesces around themes of archiving and collecting, photography, feminism, and alternate modernisms—especially Surrealism. Her many significant monographic and thematic exhibitions have brought attention to under-recognized artists and little-explored themes and practices in the art world. From 2000 to 2015, Schaffner directed the exhibition program at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the University of Pennsylvania, one of the leading museums dedicated to exhibiting the innovative art of our time.

To schedule an interview, email Emily Willson or call her at 412.622.3328.