Capital Culture

Capital Culture: J. Carter Brown, the National Gallery of Art, and the Reinvention of the Museum Experience

American art museums flourished in the late twentieth century, and the impresario leading much of the is growth was J. Carter Brown, director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, from 1969 to 1992. Along with S. Dillon Ripley, who served as Smithsonian secretary for much of this time, Brown reinvented the museum experience in ways that had important consequences for the cultural life of Washington and its visitors, as well as for American museums in general. In Capital Culture, distinguished historian Neil Harris provides a wide-ranging look at Brown's achievement and the growth of museum culture during this crucial period.