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The Museum and Democracy
November 7 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
On Wednesday, November 7, Rago Auctions hosts Director of the Princeton University Art Museum, James Steward, as he delivers a presentation titled “The Museum and Democracy.”
This heavily illustrated talk will ask the question “What might today’s museums do to strengthen democracy, at a time when an enlightened citizenry is more necessary than ever?” It will explore how the consideration of great works of art—especially in the context of the so-called “universal museum”—can strengthen the skills necessary to effective citizenship. It will posit several such benefits and how these might strengthen a civil society, before going on to consider the ways in which university museums are uniquely placed to assume this role. The talk will conclude with the ways in which the Princeton University Art Museum seeks to combine excellence and accessibility in its desire to strengthen the social fabric.
James Steward has served as the Nancy A. Nasher—David J. Haemisegger, Class of 1976, Director of the Princeton University Art Museum since April 2009. There, he directs a staff of 100 with an operating budget of over $17 million and collections of over 100,000 works of art that span the globe and encompass over 10,000 years of world history. In addition, Steward serves as Lecturer with the rank of professor in the Department of Art & Archaeology, is a faculty fellow of Rockefeller College, and an honorary member of the Class of 1970. He is currently leading the planning and fundraising for a major new museum facility for Princeton, and is writing a volume on the role of the museum in 21st-century civic life.
The auction house opens on Wednesday, November 7 at noon. A wine and cheese reception begins at 5 pm. The presentation will begin at 6 pm.
Please R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling 609-397-9374 ext. 119, or by clicking the link below. If you are unable to R.S.V.P. in advance, please join us anyway. All are welcome!