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Vortrag Alan Wallach



von 19:15 bis 21:15




Amerika Haus, Karolinenplatz 3, 80333 München

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A Very Brief History of the Art Museum in the United States

The history of art museums in the United States in the 19th century and beyond can be described in terms of a tension between individual and collective action in a culture based on competitive individualism and laissez-faire. Elite cooperation in the creation of encyclopedic art museums (e.g. New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art) was matched by elite competition when it came to establishing enclaves and collections within those museums like the Altman Collection at the Metropolitan, and to building single-donor institutions like New York’s Frick Collection. Patronage of the wealthy is not the only factor determining the history of the American art museum but it provides a powerful key to understanding those qualities that distinguish it from its European counterparts. Organisiert von: Amerika-Institut LMU, Bavarian American Academy, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, B.A.Z. Amerika Haus.

Prof. Alan Wallach
is Ralph H. Wark Professor of Art and Art History at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. His areas of specialization are the history of American art and art institutions, the Hudson River School, and “luminism.” Wallach has written critical essays on the history and function of the art museum and currently teaches at FU Berlin.