This fall, SAM is hosting a special series of tours as part of For Freedoms’ 50 State Initiative, which features programming held at arts institutions across the US to create civic dialogue about the 2018 midterm elections. Reflecting on artwork and exhibitions on view at SAM, staff members will present in-gallery conversations that consider each of the four freedoms and connect to contemporary society.
For Freedoms, a collaborative project founded by artists Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, is inspired by artist Norman Rockwell’s paintings of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms” (1941)—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.
This week's tour is led by Manish Engineer , SAM's Chief Technology Officer, focused on the freedom of fear. Manish Engineer recently joined SAM as the museum’s first Chief Technology Officer. Prior to SAM, Engineer worked at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) as a Project Director in the membership and development departments. He also worked as MoMA’s IT Associate Director of Applications. Engineer also worked at Penguin Random House on several high profile projects developing apps and complex e-books for former First Lady Michelle Obama, Giada De Laurentiis, and Max Brooks’ World War Z novel. For fun, he has previously performed stand-up comedy throughout New York and held volunteer positions at the Guggenheim and MoMA.
Tours begin at the top of the third floor escalators.
Other tours in this series
FRI SEP 21
Freedom of Speech
Rachel Eggers, Manager of Public Relations
FRI SEP 28
Freedom of Worship
Elisabeth Smith, Collections Coordinator
FRI OCT 5
Freedom from Want
Adera Gandy, Visitor Services Officer