October 14, 2017 9:00 am - 10:30 am Faith Lutheran Church, 3925 E 5th St, Tucson, AZ 85711 (designed by Arthur Brown, 1951)

Paint by Number: Accounting for Taste in the 1950s, explores paint by number as a hobby and metaphor in midcentury America.  The story ties together the artists and entrepreneurs who created the popular paint kits; the critics who reviled them; and the consumers who willingly filled them in and hung them in their homes.

William Lawrence Bird is Curator Emeritus at the National Museum of American History – Smithsonian Institution. He received a B.A. in History from the University of Maryland (1973); M.A. in History from the University of Arizona (1975); and Ph.D. in History from Georgetown University (1985). He began his museum career while a graduate student at the University of Arizona, working part time at the Arizona Historical Society with a grant-in-aid funded by Emory and Ann-Eve Johnson. He is a former Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellow at the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research, University of Wisconsin – Madison. His work has appeared in SmithsonianHistory Today; Technology & Culture; The Encyclopedia of Radio and Television; andAmerican Art Review.  His museum exhibits and books include Holidays on Display; Paint by Number: America’s Doll House; Souvenir Nation; andAmerican Democracy.  He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

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