On Thursday, July 7 the Farnsworth Art Museum will present the Farnsworth Forum, an annual event that features one of America’s leading public intellectuals discussing the state of the art world. This year, the Farnsworth Forum will host Adam D. Weinberg, director of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. Weinberg’s talk is set for 6 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St.

With a long and distinguished career in curatorial and art museum administrative work, Weinberg now guides one of America’s most important and influential museums of American art. In an interview with Roger Dell, the Farnsworth’s director of education, Weinberg will discuss the history of the Whitney; its famous Biennial; the role of contemporary art in today’s American museums; and the current state of art museums throughout the world. This spring, the Whitney broke ground for its new building designed by architect Renzo Piano in New York’s Meatpacking District. Weinberg will discuss the ins and outs of planning and building a major museum in this current economic and artistic climate. A question-and-answer period will follow the interview.

Weinberg has been the Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art since October 2003. Previously, he was the director of the Addison Gallery of American Art at Philips Academy, Andover, Mass., from 1999 to 2003. In 1981, Weinberg joined the Walker Art Center of Minneapolis, where he served as director of education and assistant curator. In 1989, he joined the Whitney for the first time as director of the Whitney Equitable Center. He subsequently assumed the post of artistic and  program director of the American Center in Paris in 1991. He returned to the Whitney as curator of the Permanent Collection in 1993 and was made Senior Curator in 1998.

The fee is $23, $18 for museum members; full-time students and teachers receive free admission. For more information or for ticketing, contact the education department at 596-0949 or visit farnsworthmuseum.org/education.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.