Ezra Shales Lecture on "Made in Newark", Monday, Oct. 4th

Please join us on Monday, Oct. 4th at 6pm for a lecture and book signing by the author of "Made in Newark", Ezra Shales, Assistant Professor of Art History at Alfred University. Location: 16 Jones Street between Bleecker and West 4th Streets. RSVP: pottery@greenwichhouse.org.

Praise for "Made in Newark":
“Shales offers rich and compelling insights into the discussion of industrial arts. His deft handling of a wide variety of source material – from visual and material culture to performance culture, from educational philo...sophy to economic policy, and from craft romanticism to scientific management – distinguishes this book as an important contribution to design history, used in the broadest and best sense. It is a grippingstory of shifting alliances and goals.” —Edward S. Cooke Jr., Yale University

What does it mean to turn the public library or museum into a civic forum? Made in Newark describes a turbulent industrial city at the dawn of the twentieth century and the ways it inspired the library’s outspoken director, John Cotton Dana, to collaborate with industrialists, social workers, educators, and New Women.This is the story of experimental exhibitions in the library and the founding of the Newark Museum Association—a project in which cultural literacy was intertwined with civics and consumption. Local artisans demonstrated crafts, connecting the cultural institution to the department store, school, and factory, all of which invoked the ideal of municipal patriotism. Today, as cultural institutions reappraise their relevance, Made in Newark explores precedents for contemporary debates over the ways the library and museum engage communities, define heritage in a multicultural era, and add value to the economy.

EZRA SHALES teaches at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He has worked as a museum educator at the Brooklyn Museum and the Katonah Museum of Art.

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