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 Smithsonian; History 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.
|LECTURE: Paint by Number: Accounting for Taste in the 1950s | William Lawrence Bird||$10|