Harvey Lichtenstein, American arts administrator, Died at 87


Harvey Lichtenstein was born on April 9, 1929, and died on February 11, 2017.

He was an American arts administrator.

Harvey Lichtenstein was a best known for his 32-year tenure (1967–99) as president and executive producer of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, or BAM, as it became known under his leadership.

He led the institution to a renaissance, championing contemporary performance, establishing the Next Wave Festival, and providing a vital venue for dance, theater, music, and collaborations that bridged disciplines.

The many list of artists who came to perform on BAM’s stages under Lichtenstein’s purview reads like a Who’s Who of 20th century performance, and includes Laurie Anderson, Pina Bausch, Peter Brook, Merce Cunningham, Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, Jerzy Grotowski, Mark Morris, Steve Reich, Twyla Tharp, and Robert Wilson.

After Lichtenstein retired, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation made the decision to honor his considerable accomplishments by foregoing its own naming rights and dedicating the BAM Harvey Theater in his honor.

Harvey Lichtenstein passed away at 87 years old.