Faculty Pub Night: Transformative Beauty: Art Museums in Industrial Britain by Amy Woodson-Boulton
What do LMU faculty do after class? Find out at Faculty Pub Night.
At the second Pub Night of the semester, Associate Professor of History Amy Woodson-Boulton will be discussing her book Transformative Beauty: Art Museums in Industrial Britain (Stanford University Press, 2012).
Why did British industrial cities build art museums? By exploring the histories of the municipal art museums in Birmingham, Liverpool, and Manchester, Transformative Beauty examines the underlying logic of the Victorian art museum movement. These museums attempted to create a space free from the moral and physical ugliness of industrial capitalism. Woodson-Boulton raises provocative questions about the meaning and use of art in relation to artistic practice, urban development, social justice, education, and class. In today's context of global austerity and shrinking government support of public cultural institutions, this book is a timely consideration of arts policy and purposes in modern society.
All Faculty Pub Nights are free and open to the public. Pub refreshments and snacks will be served, and copies of Transformative Beauty will be available for sale and signing.
Please RSVP below, and don't forget to view the rest of the Pub Night lineup for the semester here.