Maxwell L. Anderson became director of the Whitney Museum of American Art in September 1998. Anderson was previously director of the Art Gallery of Ontario (1995-1998), and of the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University (1987-1995).
Anderson has been a leader in the application of new technologies to museums. He launched the Art Museum Network (www.amn.org) , which enables North America's leading museums to better communicate with each other and their constituencies. He is the Founding Chair of AMICO (www.amico.org) , the Art Museum Image Consortium, which is establishing a digital library from the world's leading art museums, allowing them to share high quality multimedia information with scholars and students around the world.
Anderson is a graduate of Dartmouth College and received a Ph.D. in fine arts from Harvard University. Anderson, who is fluent in five languages, has lectured and published widely on topics ranging from international art law to museum architecture. He is a trustee of the Association of Art Museum Directors, director of the Art Museum Network, and is a trustee of The American Federation of the Arts. He has taught at Princeton University and the University of Rome. He was decorated as Commendore, or Commander of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy, in 1990.