Clifford Chanin

Clifford Chanin, the executive vice president and deputy director for museum programs at the 9/11 Memorial Museum, smiles for a portrait photo.

Executive Vice President and Deputy Director for Museum Programs

Clifford Chanin is executive vice president and deputy director for museum programs at the 9/11 Memorial Museum, where he oversees the museum’s exhibitions, collections, and public programs.

For the museum, Chanin coedited The Stories They Tell: Artifacts from the National September 11 Memorial Museum (Rizzoli, 2013). He curated the museum’s fifth and tenth commemoration exhibitions: 9/11 and the American Landscape: The Photographs of Jonathan Hyman and Memory Remains: 9/11 Artifacts at Hangar 17 by Francesc Torres. He was the editor of exhibition catalogs for each.

Chanin produced two films, Facing Crisis: America Under Attack and Facing Crisis: A Changed World, based on interviews he conducted with key 9/11 decision-makers. The films are shown throughout the day in the museum auditorium.

For ten years, Chanin was associate director of arts and humanities at the Rockefeller Foundation, where he developed programs on pluralism and development in the Muslim world.

Chanin is also founder of the Legacy Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to documenting the long-term consequences of historical conflicts in societies around the world. Based on this work, Chanin curated a permanent art collection for the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. He is coeditor of Blooming Through the Ashes: An Anthology on Violence and the Human Spirit (Rutgers University Press, 2007).

Previously, he worked as a journalist and as a spokesman for the mayor of New York. He received a BA from Wesleyan University and master’s degrees in journalism and international affairs from Columbia University.

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