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Director's Lecture Series—Becoming Modern: The Artist as Priest, Peasant, and New Age Hero

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 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 definition of what is a museum has changed over time and is infinitely mercurial. The twentieth century witnessed the proliferation of a vast array of different types of museums, ranging from encyclopedic institutions such as the Louvre and the Metropolitan to others dedicated to specific periods or artists such as The Museum of Modern Art in New York or the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The twentieth century was also the heyday of modernism—a cultural trend that defies definition—and the modern artist, who presciently assumed different identities in diverse contexts. This lecture explores, for example, how the dialogue between artists and museums has shaped institutional identities and aspirations and how World War II transformed the field of art museums.

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