Lecture: ‘Inventing Tradition’ at Albright–Knox Art Gallery, February 11


Date: February 11, 2014Dr. Janne Sirén

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Director’s Lecture Series—Inventing Tradition: National Galleries and Private Collections in the Age of Nation Building

(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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By the beginning of the nineteenth century, the idea of a museum accessible to the public had spread across Europe and into America. During the age of nation building, from the mid–nineteenth century to the end of World War I, museums became instruments through which governments and wealthy patrons narrated cultural identities for communities and entire nations. The modern art market, the discipline of art history, and the concept of the modern artist-hero were also born during this period. While the operation of museums professionalized between 1870 and 1920, cultural institutions also became axiomatic political instruments of and for fledgling democracies and the social elite. Topics explored in this lecture include the modern synergy among art, cultural institutions, and nationalism and the creative tension between the “academy” and the “avant-garde.”

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

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