Exhibiting Dilemmas: Issues of Representation at the Smithsonian / Edition 1

Exhibiting Dilemmas: Issues of Representation at the Smithsonian / Edition 1

by Amy Henderson, Adrienne L. (Eds.) Kaeppler
     
 

In twelve essays on such diverse Smithsonian Institution holdings as the Hope Diamond, the Wright Flyer, wooden Zuni carvings, and the Greensboro, North Carolina Woolworth lunch counter that became a symbol of the Civil Rights movement, Exhibiting Dilemmas explores a wide range of social, political, and ethical questions faced by museum curators in their

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In twelve essays on such diverse Smithsonian Institution holdings as the Hope Diamond, the Wright Flyer, wooden Zuni carvings, and the Greensboro, North Carolina Woolworth lunch counter that became a symbol of the Civil Rights movement, Exhibiting Dilemmas explores a wide range of social, political, and ethical questions faced by museum curators in their roles as custodians of culture.

Focusing on the challenges posed by the transformation of exhibitions from object-driven “cabinets of curiosities” to idea-driven sources of education and entertainment, the contributors—all Smithsonian staff members—provide a lively and sometimes provocative discussion of the increasingly complex enterprise of acquiring and displaying objects in a museum setting.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560984443
Publisher:
Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1Exhibiting Memories15
2For Museum Audiences: The Morning of a New Day?28
3The Hope Diamond: Gem, Jewel, and Icon47
4Herbert Ward's "Ethnographic Sculptures" of Africans70
5Capable of Flight: The Saga of the 1903 Wright Airplane92
6Crystal Skulls and Other Problems: Or, "Don't Look It in the Eye"116
7Curating the Recent Past: The Woolworth Lunch Counter, Greensboro, North Carolina143
8The Unstifled Muse: The "All in the Family" Exhibit and Popular Culture at the National Museum of American History156
9Zuni Archangels and Ahayu:da: A Sculpted Chronicle of Power and Identity176
10Ambassadors in Sealskins: Exhibiting Eskimos at the Smithsonian206
11Curators as Agents of Change: An Insect Zoo for the Nineties246
12And Now for Something Completely Different: Reconstructing Duke Ellington's Beggar's Holiday for Presentation in a Museum Setting262
Contributors273
Index277

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