Institutionalizing the Aesthetic: Museum Practice and Museum Personalities Between the Two World Wars

September 23, 2000

The following is a list of talks given during a one-day discussion that explored how museum practice during the decades following World War I was affected by the adoption of certain ethical standards. Participants also examined the continued value of such aesthetic philosophy in today's museums.

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  • Aestheticizing the Audience: Museum Practices in the 1920s
    Neil Harris
    Professor of History, University of Chicago
  • Apostles of the Object: Paul Sachs and the Museum Course at Harvard
    Sally Duncan
    Independent scholar
  • Benjamin Gilman and Museum Aesthetics between the Wars
    Andrew McClellan
    Professor of Art History, Tufts University
  • Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Juliana Force, and their "Very Interesting Scheme"
    Evelyn Hankins
    Curatorial Assistant, Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris
  • John Cotton Dana, Newark, and a Museum for the Future
    Carol Duncan
    Professor of Art History, Ramapo College
  • Portrait of the Patron (with Surrogates): Andrew Mellon and the Creation of the National Gallery of Art
    Philip Kopper
    Independent scholar and author
  • The Founding of the Museum of Modern Art
    Michael Kimmelman
    Chief Art Critic, The New York Times
  • The Private Institutionalization of Modern Art in America: The Cases of Albert Barnes and Duncan Phillips
    Richard R. Brettell
    Professor of Arts and Humanities, University of Texas at Dallas

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