Art and Its Publics: Museum Studies at the Millennium / Edition 1

Art and Its Publics: Museum Studies at the Millennium / Edition 1

by Andrew McClellan
     
 

Art and its Publics explores the interface between the art object, its site of display, and the viewing public.

Engines of democracy at their inception during the French Revolution, public museums have since fostered the democratization of art. As museum-going has increased dramatically in recent years, the question of “whose museum?” and how

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Art and its Publics explores the interface between the art object, its site of display, and the viewing public.

Engines of democracy at their inception during the French Revolution, public museums have since fostered the democratization of art. As museum-going has increased dramatically in recent years, the question of “whose museum?” and how museums construct and engage their publics has taken on added urgency. The essays in Art and its Publics present a cross-section of current issues, with contributions from both sides of the Atlantic and from museum professionals as well as academics. Essayists tackle issues confronting the museum community and seek to further the debate between theory and practice around the most pressing of contemporary concerns.

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ISBN-13:
9780631230472
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/21/2003
Series:
New Interventions in Art History Series, #24
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Contributors
Series Editor's Preface
Introduction
1A Brief History of the Art Museum Public1
2Having One's Tate and Eating It: Transformations of the Museum in a Hypermodern Era51
3Museums: Theory, Practice, and Illusion77
4Norman Rockwell at the Guggenheim97
5The Return to Curiosity: Shifting Paradigms in Contemporary Museum Display117
6Museum Sight133
7Sacred to Profane and Back Again149
8From Theory to Practice: Exhibiting African Art in the Twenty-First Century165
9Reframing Public Art: Audience Use, Interpretation, and Appreciation185
Bibliography201
Index207

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