Ivorypress Education I Malcolm Rogers


Malcolm Rogers’ lecture, ‘The Art Museum in the 21st Century‘, delivered as part of his Humanitas Visiting Professorship in Museums, Galleries and Libraries at the University of Oxford, May 2012. Drawing on his long and eminent career at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, as well as on his extensive experience as an art historian, Rogers set out his reflections on the ideal of accessibility; both its importance in a democratic age but also the challenges, pragmatic and philosophical, which the concept encounters. He made a trenchant case against the excesses of an academic-theoretical approach to the public presentation of works of art, and championed instead the more inclusive ways in which a museum might display its treasures to the widest possible audience.

Humanitas is a series of Visiting Professorships at Oxford and Cambridge designed to bring leading academics, practitioners and scholars to both universities to address major themes in the arts, social sciences and humanities. Created by Lord Weidenfeld, the programme is managed and funded by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and co-ordinated in Cambridge by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) and in Oxford by the Research Centre for the Humanities (TORCH).

This professorship has been supported and organised by Ivorypress and Foster + Partners. Ivorypress has published the record of this lecture. The publication is not for sale.

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