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Entitled: Discriminating Tastes and the Expansion of the Arts

Jennifer C. Lena


Two centuries ago, wealthy entrepreneurs founded the American cathedrals of culture—museums, theater companies, and symphony orchestras—to mirror European art. But today's American arts scene has widened to embrace multitudes: photography, design, comics, graffiti, jazz, and many other forms of folk, vernacular, and popular culture. What led to this dramatic expansion? This book shows how organizational transformations in the American art world—amid a shifting political, economic, technological, and social landscape—made such change possible. By chronicling the development of American art from ... More

Keywords: American arts, Museum of Primitive Art, culture, democratic values, folk art, vernacular art, commercial art

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691158914
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691158914.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer C. Lena, author
Columbia University