Part of The Baker Museum Lecture Series
Frank Verpoorten, Director and Chief Curator
The Baker Museum
Art collecting is a very intimate practice that deeply reflects the collector’s interests and lifestyle. The lenders to Naples Collects have opened their homes to a unique opportunity to share with our community some of their most prized possessions. Working with, exploring and researching eclectic art collections of the sort found in a sophisticated community such as Naples is a compelling and enriching experience that would delight any art historian.
Join Frank Verpoorten, Director and Chief Curator of The Baker Museum, as he discusses the collectors’ motivations for acquiring art and the stories shared while curating this exhibition as well as the significant similarities to our own collection at The Baker Museum.
Frank Verpoorten has over 15 years of experience at cultural institutions and museums in Brussels, Belgium and New York City. Originally from Brussels, Mr. Verpoorten moved to New York City in 2002, where he served in curatorial roles at the Museum of Modern Art, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, the Dahesh Museum of Art and, most recently, as Cultural Attaché for the Representation of the Government of Flanders (Belgium) to the US. In his recent role as Cultural Attaché, Mr. Verpoorten oversaw multidisciplinary cultural programming including exhibitions, performing arts initiatives, lectures, musical concerts and a film program.
Mr. Verpoorten attended the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium and received dual master’s degrees in art history and cultural studies. He held research and curatorial positions at the Museum for Musical Instruments and the Royal Museum for Fine Arts in Brussels before moving permanently to New York in 2002. Mr. Verpoorten is fluent in Dutch and French and also speaks advanced German and Spanish.
Joining The Baker Museum in December of 2012, Mr. Verpoorten relocated to Naples with his wife, Rachel, who is an artist, and their two young sons, Elliot and Morgan.