Book cover for The Met and The Masses in Post-war America by Mitchell Frank

AAH Associate Professor and Director of the School for Studies in Art and Culture Dr. Mitchell Frank has published a new book The Met and the Masses in Postwar America: A Study of the Museum and Popular Art Education.  From the publisher:

This book explores the collaborations, during the mid-20th century, between the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Book-of-the-Month Club. Between 1948 and 1962 the two institutions collaborated on three book projects-The Metropolitan Museum of Art Miniatures (1948-1957), The Metropolitan Seminars in Art (1958-60), and a print reproduction of Rembrandt’s Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of Homer (1962)-bringing art from the Met’s collections right into the homes of subscribers.

The Met and the Masses places these commercial enterprises in a variety of contemporary and historical contexts, including the relation of cultural education to democracy in America, the history of the Met as an educational institution, the rise of art education in postwar America, and the concurrent transformation of the home into a space that mediated familial privacy and the public sphere.

Using never before published archival material, the book demonstrates how the Met sought to bring art to the masses in postwar America, whilst upholding its reputation as an institution of high culture. It is essential reading for scholars, researchers and curators interested in the history of modern art, museum and curatorial studies, arts and cultural management, heritage studies, as well as the history of art publications.

Visit the Bloomsbury Press website for more details.