20 Questions with Hank Hine

Executive Director of The Dalí Museum

Hank Hine joined The Dalí in 2002 and was instrumental in the creation of the current building, which opened in 2011. 

He has experience with contemporary artists and writers and the intersection of media in the current cultural milieu. 

Hine is the founder and director of Limestone Press and Hine Editions, a San Francisco publishing house specializing in artist books and the production of museum catalogs. He served for seven years as director of the research and publishing institute GraphicStudio at the University of South Florida, in Tampa, before joining The Dalí. 

1. College alma mater?
Stanford University and Brown University.

2. Last show you binge-watched?
The Last Kingdom. 

3. Favorite place for a business meeting?
Over lunch or dinner, either high-style or low.

4. iPhone or Android?
Apple from the onset, for typography, photos and film editing.

5. What time do you wake up on workdays?
5 a.m. if to write, 6 a.m. otherwise, allowing one snooze only.

6. What part of your morning routine can you not miss?
I prefer to see the sunrise, but every day is a little different and I especially enjoy those on which I can bike to school with my kids.

7. What movie terrified you as a child?
The Wizard of Oz, of course. Avoiding the Wicked Witch of the West can be a lifetime pursuit, even though we now know she can be destroyed with just a little water.

8. Proudest moment?
My kids’ successes.

9. Dream dinner companion?
Any dear friend.

10. Biggest business failure?
A travel company specializing in theater tours. Lovers of plays don’t often like other lovers of plays. We succeeded as an opera tour company. 

11. Best concert you’ve ever seen, live?
Bob Marley, 1978.

12. What is your cellphone wallpaper image?
My wife and I at our daughter’s wedding in Wyoming: or, alternatively, whatever our son Stuart changes it to.

13. Most famous person you’ve ever met?
I’ve met the last two presidents and the poet Ezra Pound.

14. What is your go-to drink order?
Mezcal margarita: mezcal with a splash of Rose’s lime juice and soda.

15. How do you manage the volume of emails you receive?
Our capacity grows with the necessity. Importantly, I’ve learned to always unsubscribe.

16. Last thing you ordered from Amazon?
A 1.25 horse power pump.

17. Emojis in the workplace, yay or nay?
No emojis. They don’t capture the nuanced feelings that words can.

18. Charity you support?
Church, public schools, museums and colleges.

19. Favorite childhood memory?
My father singing in the hallway, singing as he left to work, singing as he came back home. 

20. Best advice ever received?
Do what you love and do another thing also.


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