New Museum Theory and PracticeAn Introduction
New Museum Theory and Practice is an original collection of essays with a unique focus: the contested politics and ideologies of museum exhibition. Contains 12 original essays that contribute to the field while creating a collective whole for course use. Discusses theory through vivid examples and historical overviews. Offers guidance on how to put theory into practice. Covers a range of museums around the world: from art to history, anthropology to music, as well as historic houses, cultural centres, virtual sites, and commercial displays that use the conventions of the museum. Authors come from the UK, Canada, the US, and Australia, and from a variety of fields that inform cultural studies.
List of Figures viii Preface: How to Use this Book x Acknowledgments xii Introduction 1Janet Marstine Part I Defining New Museum Theory 37 A Surveys and Groundwork 39 1 Editor’s Introduction 41 THE ARCHITECTURE IS THE MUSEUM 41Michaela Giebelhausen Questions for Discussion 60 2 Editor’s Introduction 64 FEMINIST CURATORIAL STRATEGIES AND PRACTICES SINCE THE 1970s 65Katy Deepwell Questions for Discussion 80 3 Editor’s Introduction 85 NEW ART, NEW CHALLENGES: THE CHANGING FACE OF CONSERVATION IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY 86Rachel Barker and Patricia Smithen Questions for Discussion 103 B Case Studies in Contemporary Practice 107 4 Editor’s Introduction 109 HOW WE STUDY HISTORY MUSEUMS: OR CULTURAL STUDIES AT MONTICELLO 109Eric Gable Questions for Discussion 126 5 Editor’s Introduction 129 SPECTACLE AND DEMOCRACY: EXPERIENCE MUSIC PROJECT AS A POST-MUSEUM 130Chris Bruce Questions for Discussion 149 6 Editor’s Introduction 152 REVEALING AND CONCEALING: MUSEUMS, OBJECTS, AND THE TRANSMISSION OF KNOWLEDGE IN ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIA 153Moira G. Simpson Questions for Discussion 174 7 Editor’s Introduction 178 RESTRUCTURING SOUTH AFRICAN MUSEUMS: REALITY AND RHETORIC WITHIN CAPE TOWN 179Julie L. McGee Questions for Discussion 196 Part II Looking to the Future: Theory into Practice 201 8 Editor’s Introduction 203 THE CRITICAL MUSEUM VISITOR 203Margaret Lindauer Questions for Discussion 223 9 Editor’s Introduction 226 VISITING THE VIRTUAL MUSEUM: ART AND EXPERIENCE ONLINE 226Lianne McTavish Questions for Discussion 244 10 Editor’s Introduction 247 REFRAMING STUDIO ART PRODUCTION AND CRITIQUE 248Helen Klebesadel Questions for Discussion 263 11 Editor’s Introduction 266 THE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM AND GALLERY: A SITE FOR INSTITUTIONAL CRITIQUE AND A FOCUS OF THE CURRICULUM 267Lyndel King and Janet Marstine Questions for Discussion 288 12 Editor’s Introduction 292 MUSEUM ARCHIVES AS RESOURCES FOR SCHOLARLY RESEARCH AND INSTITUTIONAL IDENTITY 293Lois Marie Fink Questions for Discussion 306 Bibliography 308 Index 322
“This book offers a fresh approach to teaching museum studies – combining a synoptic view of prevailing museum theories with pragmatic end of chapter review questions.” -- Flora Edouwaye S. Kaplan, New York University “An excellent book for students of museums. In developing a creative and effective analytical toolkit for critical museum visitors, this original volume will also prove essential for aspiring museum professionals.” -- Eilean Hooper-Greenhill, University of Leicester
Janet Marstine is an art historian who has taught at Bowdoin College and Central Washington University. She has curated several exhibitions and is now working on new approaches to student and faculty exhibitions.
New Museum Theory and Practice is an original collection of essays with a unique focus: the contested politics and ideologies of museum practice. This lively introduction, comprised of essays authored by curators, archivists, scholars, teachers, and conservators from around the world – including the Tate, the Smithsonian, and the Experience Music Project – and from all levels of museum studies, examines the incendiary issues currently raging in the field. Complete with editorial introductions, questions for students, and a comprehensive bibliography, the volume surveys the concerns of the museum in language accessible to undergraduate and graduate students of art history, studio art, and museum studies.
“This book offers a fresh approach to teaching museum studies – combining a synoptic view of prevailing museum theories with pragmatic end of chapter review questions.” –Flora Edouwaye S. Kaplan, New York University “An excellent book for students of museums. In developing a creative and effective analytical toolkit for critical museum visitors, this original volume will also prove essential for aspiring museum professionals.” –Eilean Hooper-Greenhill, University of Leicester
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