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Capital culture : J. Carter Brown, the National Gallery of Art, and the reinvention of the museum experience / Neil Harris.

Harris, Neil, 1938- (author.)
ISBN 9780226067704
Chicago ; University of Chicago Press, 2013.
Engelska 608 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
  • Bok
Innehållsförteckning Sammanfattning Ämnesord
  • Becoming Carter Brown -- The National Gallery : directions and deviations -- Stalking the prey : the quest for old masters -- The secretary arrives : Dillon Ripley and the Smithsonian challenge -- Reinventing the National Gallery : creating the East Building -- "What hath Brown wrought?" -- Presenting King Tut -- Trouble in paradise : the light that failed -- Exhibiting strategies -- The secretary carries on : consolidating Dillon Ripley's administration -- Minister of Culture : shaping Washington -- "Treasure houses of Britain" : the anatomy of an exhibition -- Campaigns and conquests -- Goodbye Columbus : celebrating the quincentenary -- Retirement projects.
  • "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. Harris combines his in-depth knowledge of American history and culture with extensive archival research, and he has interviewed dozens of key players to reveal how Brown's showmanship transformed the National Gallery. At the time of the Cold War, Washington itself was growing into a global destination, with Brown as its devoted booster. Harris describes Brown's major role in the birth of blockbuster exhibitions, such as the King Tut show of the late 1970s and the National Gallery's immensely successful Treasure Houses of Britain, which helped inspire similarly popular exhibitions around the country. He recounts Brown's role in creating the award-winning East Building by architect I.M. Pei and the subsequent renovation of the West building. Harris also explores the politics of exhibition planning, describing Brown's courtship of corporate leaders, politicians, and international dignitaries."--Publisher's description. 
  • Traces the career of J. Carter Brown, who changed perceptions of museums by developing new exhibits and experiences while working as the director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. 


Museologi  (sao)
Museum techniques  (LCSH)


History.  (fast (OCoLC)fst01411628)


Brown, J. Carter (John Carter), 1934-2002.
Brown, J. Carter (John Carter), 1934-2002.
Brown, J. Carter, 1934-2002.


National Gallery of Art (Förenta staterna)
National Gallery of Art (U.S.)
National Gallery of Art


N856 (LCC)
708.153 (DDC)
Ii (kssb/8 (machine generated))
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