Executive Director (Acting)
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
Prior to his current position, Mark Resnick was Director of Strategic Initiatives, Williams College Museum of Art. Before that, for seventeen years Mark Resnick was the chief business executive for Twentieth Century Fox’s film company. During his tenure, Fox was consistently the film industry’s most profitable studio. Previously, Resnick was the chief lawyer for Sony Pictures’ film-making arm. He started his career at leading Los Angeles law firms. He received his law degree from the University of Southern California and his undergraduate degree from Yale University, in History of Art. He is an active member of the board of the Yale University Art Gallery and has served on the advisory boards of a school of design and two design archives; and he was instrumental in raising the funds necessary to construct an international hub for design studies. His service to NAS includes a five-year period as Board Chair (2016-2021).
Resnick is an expert in the history of American graphic design and his background in the visual arts includes: authoring a book surveying the history of the American poster (The American Image: U.S. Posters from the 19th to the 21st Century, now in its second edition); co-curating a major exhibition at the Rochester Institute of Technology; extensive lecturing at universities and cultural institutions; and editing a book on the history of social and political art. For many years he has been an active collector of American graphic design spanning the 1850s to present. The collection has led to exhibitions drawn exclusively from it (e.g., at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art), accompanying publications, and loans of works to institutions across the United States.