Lee Bey on His New Role at DuSable Museum

The DuSable Museum of African American History saw the arrival of a new president and CEO in 2015, a Smithsonian affiliation in 2016, and funding for an outdoor event space in 2017, which is scheduled to be completed in September.

Plus, musician and celebrity Chance the Rapper is now on the board of trustees and donated his Grammy for best rap album (the first awarded to a streaming-only submission) to the museum’s collection.

This month, the DuSable named Lee Bey to a new management position: Vice President for Planning, Education and Museum Experience. Bey is an architectural critic and photographer who’s worked for former Mayor Richard M. Daley, the Chicago Sun-Times and the School of the Art Institute, among other places.

Bey, who’s from the South Side, says that after holding jobs downtown he “wanted to come home, essentially, and work for an institution in my community.”

One of his goals is to create conversations around exhibits and programming that are relevant to historical subject matter, but also to the present.

Bey joins Eddie Arruza in conversation.


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