Lecture | Why We Need Ruskin Now

Event time: 
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 5:30pm
Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art, Yale University, will deliver a lecture proposing that the critical practice of John Ruskin, born 1819, offers the potential for a renewal of art-historical thinking today. While flatly rejecting Ruskin’s ideas about gender and race, we need to look again at his magisterial expansion of art historical and aesthetic discourse to engage critically with urgent questions of modernity. In words, images, and museum installations, Ruskin engaged constructively, as we must, with the ecological and social cost of industrialization, the limitations of an education rooted solely in utilitarian concerns, and the fragmented relationship between art and its publics.
Lecture Hall
Space is limited
(This venue is wheelchair accessible)
Open to: 
General Public
Related exhibition: 
Unto This Last: Two Hundred Years of John Ruskin