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Director's Lecture Series—Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité! Museums in the Age of Revolution, 1789–1871

Tuesday, November 5, 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 American Revolutionary War of 1775–1783 and the French Revolution that erupted in the summer of 1789 were informed by Enlightenment ideals and a burgeoning psychosocial sentiment, on both sides of the Atlantic, that government should exist for the good of all people. During the Age of Revolution, the traditional systems of cultural ownership were radically transformed and the modern museum institution was born. This lecture will explore the impact that the revolutions, spreading across Europe during this time, had on the development of museums. Highlighted topics include the creation of the Louvre in Paris as the world’s first truly public museum, and the impact that war, conquest, and an evolving sense of history had on nineteenth-century cultural institutions. New practices of collecting art are also explored.

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