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Director's Lecture Series—Origins of the Museum: From Ancient Temples to Renaissance Rooms of Wonder

Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 7–8:30 pm

Dr. Janne Sirén

(Complete series: Tuesdays, September 10, 2013; October 1, 2013; November 5, 2013; February 11, 2014; March 11, 2014; and April 8, 2014, 7–8:30 pm)

7–8 pm, Lecture by Dr. Janne Sirén
8–8:30 pm, Conversation with Dr. Sirén and Participants 

Series Price:
$375 for Members
$500 for non-members
$200 for students (with valid student ID)
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The roots of the word “museum” can be traced back to Ancient Greece and the word “mouseion,” which, translated, means “seat of the Muses.” The first lecture in this series will explore the origins of the present-day museum, from its ancient role as a place of philosophical discussion and contemplation through its progression to a means of displaying the private collections of pioneering Renaissance citizens in wonder rooms or cabinets of curiosities. Topics explored will include the evolving definitions of art over the ages and the institutional relationship between visual culture and religion.

About the Director's Lecture Series

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is pleased to introduce an exciting new Director’s Lecture Series entitled All About Museums: A Brief History from Renaissance Cabinets of Curiosity to Contemporary Hubs of Creativity, 1400–Present. This series of six lectures will provide a unique opportunity to learn about the history of museums and their development from the Renaissance to the present. The series, designed and presented by Albright-Knox Art Gallery Director Dr. Janne Sirén, will simultaneously survey key moments of innovation and transformation in European and American history of the past six hundred years. Learn More