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Horst Gerson Lecture 6 October 2017: 'Everything or Nothing? What do University Museums Know?'

21 September 2017

On Friday the 6th of October 2017 the 19th Horst Gerson Lecture will be delivered by Dr Ivan Gaskell, Professor of Cultural History and Museum Studies at Bard Graduate Center, New York City. His lecture is entitled “Everything or Nothing? What do University Museums Know?” and will be held at 16:00 hrs in the Aula of the University of Groningen. Gaskell will address the role of university museums and try to answer the question whether they are merely subsidiary, serving, at best, as teaching tools, or whether they can contribute to the generation of scholarship.

The Horst Gerson Lecture, a tradition of thirty-five years, is held every second year by a prominent art historian, most often a scholar from abroad. An invitation to deliver the Horst Gerson Lecture has become a recognized distinction in the international art-historical world. The objective of the lecture is to perpetuate the memory of Horst Gerson: a well-loved, inspiring art historian who was head of the department of art history in Groningen. In the past 35 thirty-five years, many prominent art historians such as David Freedberg, Linda Nochlin and Philip Fehl have given the lecture.

A introductory programme entitled Museum & Research will start at 13:30 hrs in the Auditorium of the Groninger Museum, featuring lectures by Ann Demeester (Director of Frans Hals Museum | De Hallen, Haarlem) and Sandra Kisters (Head of Collections and Research of Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam). For more information please visit: and .

Horst Gerson Lecture 2017
Horst Gerson Lecture 2017
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