Intermin Director John Stanley to give Free Lecture at Toledo Museum of Art

Eye On Art  |  11/20/2019 9:00 am

John Stanley, the Toledo Museum of Art’s interim executive director and former chief operating officer (COO) for the Whitney Museum of American Art, will share an insider look and reveal the history of a decade’s long effort to expand the Whitney’s New York City Upper East Side Marcel Breuer-designed building during a free lecture Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Little Theater.

Stanley will explain how after many failed attempts the process led to relocating the museum entirely to a new Renzo Piano-designed building in the city’s Meat Packing District. 

“I’ll share how this idea went from design to reality and the challenges along the way,” Stanley said.

During Stanley’s career, he has been responsible for the successful completion of dozens of new construction and renovation building projects including working with three Pritzker Prize-winning architects: Frank Gehry, Norman Foster, and Renzo Piano.

Stanley began his career at TMA in 1979 and served as the chief operating officer and deputy/assistant director at the Museum from 1987 to 1995 before joining the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he served as COO and deputy director for programs and services. Before rejoining TMA as director of special projects in March 2019, he served as the COO for the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.

A graduate of the University of Toledo, Stanley earned his MBA from Bowling Green State University and attended the Museum Management Institute at the University of California at Berkeley.