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Director's Lecture Series—Museums and the Enlightenment: Princely Desires and the Quest for Knowledge

Tuesday, October 1, 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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A quest for knowledge, the aspiration to create new types of educational systems, a desire for taxonomy and classificatory systems, and many other scientifically oriented thought patterns, are all facets of the European and American Age of Enlightenment, which also witnessed a proliferation of books. The second lecture in this series will explore how, during the Enlightenment, museums evolved into increasingly public spaces with specific systems for presenting and archiving material artifacts. Topics explored will include the birth of art criticism, art history, and the Salon system of the ancien régime in France.

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