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Kenneth J. Myers — Making the DIA's Great Collection of American Art Even Greater: Recent Acquisition of American Art from 2013 to 2018

Since joining the Detroit Institute of Arts in 2005, Kenneth Myers has served as curator of American art and Head of the American Art department. He came to the DIA from the Smithsonian Institution, where he was curator of American art at the Freer Gallery of Art. At the Freer, he organized numerous exhibitions focusing on the work of James McNeill Whistler, co-curated the exhibition Mr. Whistler's Galleries: Avant-Garde in Victorian London, and wrote the related book, Mr. Whistler's Gallery: Pictures at an 1884 Exhibition (2003).

From 1985 to 1995, Myers taught at Middlebury College, during which time he wrote the catalog and organized the path-breaking exhibition The Catskills: Painters, Writers, and Tourists in the Mountains, 1820-1895 (1988). After leaving Middlebury, Myers served as assistant director for Research and Publications at the New Jersey Historical Society before joining the Freer Gallery of Art in 1999.

Myers received his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University, and his doctorate from Yale University. A cultural historian specializing in American landscape painting and the history of arts patronage, Myers is the author of numerous articles including "Frederic Church's Memorials to Thomas Cole" (2008), “Thomas Cole and the Popularization of Landscape Experience in the United States: 1825-1829” (2007), “Art and Commerce in Jacksonian America: The Steamboat Albany Collection (2000), and "On the Cultural Construction of Landscape Experience: Contact to 1830" (1993). Among many awards, Myers has received major fellowships from the Smithsonian Institution, the J. Paul Getty Trust, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

At the DIA, Myers led the team that planned the widely praised reinstallation of the museum's esteemed collection of American art. He is currently completing several scholarly essays, and organizing a major traveling exhibition tentatively titled Frederic Church: To the Holy Land and Beyond.

This lecture is included with your Friday General Admission ticket.