Friday, February 26, 2010, 2:00 - 5:00PM
Commentator: Sarah Dreller, University of Illinois at Chicago
Adolphus Busch's Lager Landscape
Paula Lupkin, Washington University St. Louis
At the turn of the twentieth century brewer Adolphus Busch built an industrial empire on his famous lager beer: Budweiser. Its center was the mammoth redbrick brewery on the south side of St. Louis but its boundaries encompassed a wider web of industrial, commercial, and recreational spaces: railroads, depots, hotels, office buildings, saloons, and amusement parks. Built, owned, or controlled by Busch, these elements map the dynamic spatial and architectural relationship between industry and ethnic culture, and between production and consumption at the turn of the twentieth century. This paper presents Buschís lager landscape as a complex architectural phenomenon designed to promote and legitimize the consumption of beer in the years before Prohibition.
Burlesquing the Beast: William Holbrook Beard and the Museum Movement
Jennifer Greenhill, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
In 1869, the humorous animal painter William Holbrook Beard attempted to revise his reputation for jocularity by designing a mammoth sculptural complex, which he hoped would be built beneath Central Park. These underground galleries would have linked the park and the art museum New Yorkers planned to build above ground, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. But Beardís scheme never made it past the planning phase. This chapter considers what kind of intervention Beardís complex would have made in an art world developing its first monumental public museums. What would it have said about those institutions? And where, in relation to these edifices, would it have situated Beardís humorous aesthetic?
All participants are welcome to join the presenters for an informal (pay-your-own-tab) dinner at a nearby restaurant after the seminar.
Papers are pre-circulated electronically to those who plan to attend the seminar in person. For a copy of the paper, e-mail Heather Radke at firstname.lastname@example.org,or call (312) 255-3524.
The Newberry Seminar in American Art and Visual Culture is co-sponsored by the School of Fine and Performing Arts at Columbia College Chicago, the Department of Art History at Indiana University, and the Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture at the University of Chicago
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