Jean-François Chougnet, President of the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations (MUCEM) in Marseille, France, will be one of two keynote speakers at the FRAME Virtual Fall Conference on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. He will discuss Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in French museums.
Jean-François Chougnet is a historian who has devoted himself to cultural policies throughout his career. He holds degrees from the Institute of Political Studies in Paris and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration. After serving as an administrator at the Ministry of Culture, where he contributed to the doubling of State support for culture, Chougnet administered the National Museum of Modern Art-Centre Pompidou (1985–1987). He held numerous positions at prestigious institutions between 1988 and 2001. He took part in the founding of the Museum of Art and History of Judaism in Paris and served as the Executive Director of the Public Establishment of the Park and the Grande Halle de la Villette (2001-2006). In 2005, he was curator of “The Year of Brazil in France.” From 2007 to 2011, Chougnet was director of the Berardo collection in Lisbon and in 2013 became executive director of the association Marseille-Provence, the European capital of culture. He was appointed president of the MUCEM in 2014 and reappointed by the President of the Republic in 2019.
Under Chougnet’s leadership, MUCEM has become the most visited French museum outside Paris, and known as a first-rate institution on local, national and international levels, due to the development of ambitious European and Mediterranean partnerships and interdisciplinary cultural programming. As a cultural forum, MUCEM addresses major issues related to contemporary European and Mediterranean societies. As part of its core mission, the museum inherently reflects diversity, equity and inclusion.
Jean-François Chougnet is a member of several artistic committees (Marseille-Provence 2018; Société du Grand Paris). He is also an exhibition curator and author of articles and books focused on the visual arts and museums in the twentieth and twenty–first centuries.
Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims will give the keynote address on DEI in North American museums.