Sheldon Museum: Aesthetic Addictions – Psychological Perspectives on Collecting from Rudolph II to Charles Foster Kane


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Collections are the foundation of museums, and behind every collection lies the story of a collector. Dr. Graham C. Boettcher, director of the Birmingham Museum of Art, discusses some of history’s greatest collectors—actual and fictional—exploring what motivates these passionate gatherers and separates them from hoarders. Boettcher will also discuss how the ethics of collecting have changed, and touch on some of the new challenges and obligations collectors—both individual and institutional—face today. This program is presented as part of the “Elephant in the Room” lecture series, supported by Vermont Humanities. This talk is presented with additional support from Marble Trail Financial.

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Producer: Henry Sheldon Museum