The Way Forward

Irvin Lippmann Director Leadership
Boca Raton Museum of Art

Lippman served as interim director of the museum from February to July 2014, when he was named executive director. Previously, he was director of the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale.

It helps to have empathy. Understanding other points of view is the ‘ground zero’ in the art world, where one quickly learns the lesson that any one work can be seen from multiple perspectives and interpretations. Empathy comes from looking and listening, and it results in a closer appreciation of one another, even when views are diametrically opposed. Using art as a metaphor: If everyone saw everything the same way, life would be just an endless reproduction. Empathy reveals the complexities, the richness and even the beauty of the people around us.