A Life Devoted to Leadership in the Arts
Trying to hit the ball
Annette Jael Lehmann-Kolesch in conversation with Steven D. Lavine and Jörn Jacob Rohwer
Wed, March 24, 2021 7 pm CET, Talk

Why there is no greater success than failure: Jörn Jacob Rohwer's publication looks at how personal doubts and weaknesses became the basis of a leadership style based on listening, learning and consensus building. 

In profound conversations with author Jörn Jacob Rohwer, Steven D. Lavine tells his personal story for the first time, talking about cultural politics, philanthropy, the avant–garde, his center of life Los Angeles, where he directed the California Institute of the Arts for three decades (1988-2017). Spurred by self–doubt and a desire to fail, he emerges as a subtle thinker, visionary, and transatlantic mediator between the worlds of art, education, and politics.

The California Institute of the Arts: an arts college just outside Los Angeles. Opened 50 years ago, »CalArts« was long in crisis before Steven D. Lavine led it to financial prosperity and international renown. Today, the art school is a cradle of Academy Award and Pulitzer Prize winners, of Mellon and Guggenheim Fellows – a hotspot of U.S. creativity.

The online conversation starts with an introduction by Peter Weibel and is moderated by Annette Jael Lehmann-Kolesch.

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ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe