About Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel

Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel

Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel
Photo © Joyce Ravid, 2008

Throughout her 40-year career, Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel has served as a defining voice on major urban issues of our time, including the historic built environment of the United States. She is a pioneering champion of the arts, credited with bringing the first public art to Bryant Park and the first public performance to Central Park. The first Director of Cultural Affairs for New York City, she was the longest term Landmarks Commissioner in the city’s history, spanning four mayoral administrations from 1972 to 1987. She also served on the New York City Arts Commission and the New York City Cultural Commission. She was the Chair of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Foundation, and since 1995 is the Chair of the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center.

Dr. Diamonstein-Spielvogel was appointed by President Reagan to the board of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and by President Clinton to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, where she was the first woman vice chair in its 100-year history. She is the author of 19 books, frequent magazine and newspaper articles, interviewer/producer of nine television series, and curator of seven international museum exhibitions—one of which is currently traveling to 82 countries under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State. The recipient of numerous honors and awards, Dr. Diamonstein-Spielvogel was named the vice chair of the New York State Council on the Arts in 2008.

Biography by Pratt Institute, used with permission.

See also: Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel Collection, Rubenstein Library

The materials in this collection are made available for use in research, teaching and private study through the kind permission of Dr. Diamonstein-Spielvogel. Videos, texts, and images from this collection may not be used for any commercial purpose without prior permission. Copyrights that exist in this material have not been transferred to Duke University. When use is made of these videos, texts, and images, it is the responsibility of the user to obtain additional permissions as necessary and to observe the stated access policy, the laws of copyright, and educational fair use guidelines.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Diamonstein-Spielvogel Video Archive, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
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