Weeknights at the Wagner – “Philadelphia, The Museum City” by Dr. David Brownlee

Weeknights at the Wagner is a 5-part evening lecture series held at the Wagner Free Institute of Science.
1700 West Montgomery Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19121 www.wagnerfreeinstitute.org

“Philadelphia, The Museum City”
An illustrated presentation by Dr. David Brownlee
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Admission is free, $8-$10 suggested donation


From the opening of Charles Willson Peale’s Museum in 1786 to the inauguration of the new home of the Barnes Foundation on the Parkway in 2012, Philadelphia has been a center of innovative museum design. Museums have been built or reshaped in every era of its history, expressing the encyclopedic curiosity of the Enlightenment, the mid-century “workshop of the world,” and the post-industrial “City Beautiful.” Dr. David Brownlee will explore the forces that made Philadelphia a city of museums.

David Brownlee is the Frances Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor in the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a historian of modern architecture and urbanism whose interests embrace a wide range of subjects from the late 18th century to the present. His work is widely published and he has received three major publication awards from the Society of Architectural Historians. His most recent book is The Barnes Foundation: Two Buildings, One Mission (2012).

Top Left: Light Court at The Barnes Foundation © 2012 Tom Crane / Bottom Left: Wagner Free Institute of Science © David Graham / Right: Charles Willson Peale, The Artist in His Museum, 1822. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia

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