Wednesday 26 May 2021

Antiquities Prêt-à-porter: Antiquities Sold by US Department Stores

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Online event: Judith Barr (Getty): Antiquities Prêt-à-porter. The sale of Ancient Artworks in American Department Stores
From Los Angeles to Pittsburgh, St. Louis to Washington D.C., Americans in the mid-1960s could view and purchase ancient Mediterranean artefacts in a surprising setting: their local May Company department store. This talk will present a little-known transcontinental sale of antiquities, situating it within the broader landscape of marketing ancient art through department stores and the ways in which these artworks were displayed, sold, and dispersed.

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