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Lecture Series: Art And Music For A New Democracy

Free Event at Albuquerque Museum


Jun 05, 2024
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM


Albuquerque Museum
2000 Mountain Road NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104


A three-part lecture series presented by Museum Director, Andrew Connors and inspired by the exhibition “Making American Artists:  Stories from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 1776-1976.” 

LECTURE 1: As Good as Europe or Something Different?

With the rejection of European rule by the self-declared United States in 1776, the cultural project for the new country was to decide what we were to become, a nation with culture as good as that of Europe, or a country with new aesthetics reflective of a new attitude.  While most respected painters and composers in the late 18th and early 19th century were trained in Europe, some of them felt a calling to develop an original national culture for the United States.  This illustrated lecture will consider this original push and pull between an inferiority complex that we were not as skilled as Europe, and the thrill of making something new, all on our own.

The remaining lectures in the series will be held July 3 and August 7


Lecture Series: Art And Music For A New Democracy

Charles Willson Peale (American, 1741-1827) The Artist in His Museum, 1822 Oil on canvas, 103 3/4 x 79 7/8 in. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia Gift of Mrs. Sarah Harrison (The Joseph Harrison, Jr. Collection). 1878.1.2 Photograph by Adrian Cubillas


Elizabeth Becker