Audience invited to a conference on the history of art: “Radical Museum Architecture”

The University of Mississippi for Women will host the Diane Legan Howard Art History Lecture Series, featuring Elise Lawton Smith, Sanderson Chair in Arts and Science at Millsaps College, on Tuesday, February 26 at 6 p.m.

Smith will discuss “the radical architecture of the museum” in the Mary Evelyn Stringer Auditorium at Summer Hall (Art & Design) followed by a wine and cheese reception. The event is free and open to the public.

According to Smith, “museum architecture sends powerful signals to the public, ranging from the intimidating elitism of classical temple facades to the intricate silhouettes or open, glazed expanses of contemporary buildings.” In this conference, she will explore the rhetorical strategies of new innovative art museums in relation to the issue of public access, both physical and psychological.

During his 30 years of distinguished service, Smith has won an Excellence in Teaching Award and a Distinguished Teacher Award, both at Millsaps. She has held the Sanderson Chair in Art and Science since 2008.

The W’s Lecture Series was created in 2012 to honor Diane Legan Howard’s passion for the arts.

Howard studied art history at The W and graduated with summa cum laude honors from the university in 1959. Her husband, Malcolm B. Howard, and their four children chose to honor her love for the arts through scholarship and this lecture series.

Beverly Joyce, professor of art history and gallery director, said, “We are grateful to the Howard family. Their generosity continues to enable us to bring in specialists in a wide range of art history subjects.

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