BROOKLYN MUSEUM ANNOUNCES NEW ELECTIONS TO ITS GROWING BOARD OF TRUSTEES; Kasseem Dean (Swizz Beatz) and Barbara Vogelstein Join Brooklyn Museum Board

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In a period of active expansion and growth, the Brooklyn Museum is thrilled to announce the appointment of two new members to its Board of Trustees: Kasseem Dean, professionally known as Swizz Beatz, and Barbara Vogelstein. The two were elected on October 22. A Grammy-award winning artist, Mr. Dean is well known in the artistic community for championing, showcasing, and sharing the work of emerging artists through his highly visible endeavors with The Dean Collection. Ms. Vogelstein is a highly respected and widely recognized venture capitalist, philanthropist, and collector of modern art.
The elections of Vogelstein and Dean bring the total number of voting Trustees to 33.
“Barbara Vogelstein has been an outstanding friend of the Brooklyn Museum for many years; her return to the Board of Trustees is significant and a pleasure. Kasseem Dean’s passion for art and his commitment to social justice shall add immeasurably to the Board’s vision of the Museum’s future. I look forward to an exciting partnership with them both,””states Board Chair Elizabeth A. Sackler.
Kasseem Dean (Swizz Beatz) is an internationally acclaimed producer and global entrepreneur. A Grammy Award-winning musician and producer, he possesses talents that extend well beyond the music world. His strategic and innovative mind-set has forged successful partnerships with Reebok, Christian Louboutin, Aston Martin, Lotus, and Audemar Piguet, among others. In 2014 he launched The Dean Collection, housing his impressive and ever-growing collection of contemporary art, and creating a point of access and learning opportunities for young art enthusiasts.  He was honored for his own artistic enthusiasm when he received the prestigious Gordon Parks award in 2013. Dean is currently enrolled at the Harvard Business School, and works closely with many charitable causes with a particular focus on children, including Keep A Child Alive, co-founded by his wife Alicia Keys.
Barbara Vogelstein has nearly 25 years of experience in private equity investing; her career includes significant terms at Warburg, Pincus & Co., one of the world’s largest private equity firms, where she founded their London office, and Apax Partners & Co. where she was responsible for the firm’s media investments and chaired the international media investment group. After her retirement, she pursued many notable not-for-profit endeavors, including serving on the Board of Vassar College, where she chaired its recently completed $430 million capital campaign. Vogelstein, a former Trustee of the Museum, is returning to the Board after having co-led the search that resulted in the hiring of the Museum’s new Shelby White and Leon Levy Director, Anne Pasternak, earlier this year. Vogelstein, and her husband, John Vogelstein, also endowed the Museum’s Contemporary Art Curator staff position in 2005.
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