In the 1950-1952 Biennial President’s Report (Digital Conservancy), Ruth Lawrence shares an appraisal of how the concepts of museums and art have changed since becoming Director in 1934:
The concepts of museums, the methods of teaching art, and the attitudes of art have changed completely since WWI. Our 19th century patterns were deliberate and unhurried; speed is today’s yardstick. Therefore, what is presented must meet the demands of rapid appraisal, coupled with maximum interest.
From Box 3, “Staff Photographs, Resumes,” Ruth in the gallery…
Rebecca Wilson is a graduate student in the Master of Liberal Studies program at the University of Minnesota, completing a minor in Museum Studies. She also serves as a Visitor Services Assistant at the Weisman Art Museum.