Associate Professor of Art Daniel Harkett has published an essay on the innovative German curator and museum director Alexander Dorner. Harkett explores Dorner’s transformative plans for the museum at the Rhode Island School of Design in the 1930s and the resistance Dorner encountered from the local elite. The essay, “Tea vs. Beer: Class, Ethnicity, and Alexander Dorner’s Troubled Tenure at the Rhode Island School of Design,” appears in the edited volume Why Art Museums? The Unfinished Work of Alexander Dorner (MIT Press, 2018).

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