Join us for an evening lecture and reception that will offer deeper insight of our ‘Progressive Regression: Examination of a 19th Century Art Museum‘ exhibition.
The 19th century saw the proliferation of museums across the United States and Europe. These institutions were designed around enlightenment principles, encouraging observation and objective reasoning to explore and understand the natural world and philosophy. As such, they contained departments that included multiple fields in the arts and sciences. What we think of as art museums, natural history museums, libraries, and classrooms all merged together in a single display of specimens, species, and culture. Yet, even while seeking the enlightenment ideals of logic and reason, these institutions simultaneously rejected the principles of equality and liberty by denying access to much of the population.