Wide Angle Lunches: Leslie G. Bowman
America's "first foodie" (according to Michelle Obama) and the man who reminds us, across the centuries, that the pursuit of happiness is a right, not a luxury, Thomas Jefferson today travels further than he ever could in his lifetime. As President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc., which owns and operates Monticello, Leslie Greene Bowman crosses the globe to speak about his legacy.
Before Monticello, Bowman was executive director of Winterthur, the nation's greatest museum of American decorative arts, following a career as curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and on the faculty of USC and UCLA, teaching American decorative arts history.
She is the author of American Arts & Crafts: Virtue in Design, and co-author of American Rococo, 1750-1775: Elegance in Ornament and has served at the highest levels of the museum field, both as an accreditation commissioner for the American Association of Museums and a board member of the Association of Art Museum Directors.
From 1993-2010, she served by Presidential appointment on the Committee for the Preservation of the White House. She is currently a Trustee on the Board of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
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