Author and Professor Dr. Bruce Wheeler presents this lecture on Knoxville: The Fragmented City. After World War I, Knoxville began a period of impressive economic growth and vitality. Yet, even as the city grew, its citizens seemed to grow farther and farther apart. In such an environment, it was difficult for intellectual and artistic life to flourish. In a city with a major state university, that institution should have provided leadership for performing, visual, and print artists. Why didn't it do so? Knoxville Museum of Art - February 1, 2012.
The Knoxville Museum of Art collects, exhibits, and interprets outstanding works by artists of regional, national, and international significance; provides diverse audiences with opportunities for learning and personal growth; and serves as a community gathering and celebration place. The museum is strongly committed to providing experiences that enable people to enjoy and value the visual arts as an expression of the best of a civilized society. The KMA’s landmark facility, designed by renowned architect Edward Larrabee Barnes and opened to the public in 1990, overlooks World’s Fair Park in downtown Knoxville. For more on the museum and its exhibitions and other programs, go to www.knoxart.org.