Capital Culture: J. Carter Brown, the National Gallery of Art and the Reinvention of the Museum Experience
Thursday, October 31, 2013
4:00pm - 5:30pm
American art museums flourished in the late twentieth century, and the impresario leading much of this growth was J. Carter Brown, director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, from 1969 to 1992. Along with S. Dillon Ripley, who served as Smithsonian secretary for much of this time, Brown reinvented the museum experience in ways that had important consequences for the cultural life of Washington and its visitors as well as for American museums in general. In Capital Culture, distinguished historian Neil Harris provides a wide-ranging look at Brown’s achievement and the growth of museum culture during this crucial period.
Neil Harris, author of Capital Culture: J. Carter Brown, the National Gallery of Art and the Reinvention of the Museum Experience will speak on his book. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Introductions by John Smith, Director of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum.
This event is co-sponsored by the John Carter Brown Library.