Dr. Robert G.W. Anderson
Museum buildings are a 'Building Type,' according to the architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner; he argued that buildings have a use before they have a style. But the uses of museums change over time, and most of them are continually being adapted to whatever contemporary needs are felt to be. There are two main reasons for these changes: the development of collections and the demands of visitors, both of which have increased considerably. This talk will consider how museums have been modified over the past two centuries in Europe and America, and will take particular account of what has happened to them in recent years.
As Director of the British Museum, Dr. Anderson oversaw the £100 million redevelopment of the Queen Elizabeth II Great Court, designed by Norman Foster and opened by the Queen in 2000.
Free, no registration required.
Presented in cooperation with Case Western Reserve University Departments of Art History and History.