Civilizing the Museum: The Collected Works of Elaine Heumann Gurian / Edition 1

Civilizing the Museum: The Collected Works of Elaine Heumann Gurian / Edition 1

by Elaine Heumann Gurian
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415357624

ISBN-13: 9780415357623

Pub. Date: 02/28/2006

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Written over a thirty-five year career, the essays in Civilizing the Museum introduce students to the powerful, sometimes contested, and often unrealized notion that museums should welcome all because they house the collective memory of all.

Drawing on her experience working in and with museums in the US and throughout the world, Author Elaine Heumann

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Written over a thirty-five year career, the essays in Civilizing the Museum introduce students to the powerful, sometimes contested, and often unrealized notion that museums should welcome all because they house the collective memory of all.

Drawing on her experience working in and with museums in the US and throughout the world, Author Elaine Heumann Gurian explores the possibilities for making museums more central and relevant to society.

The twenty-two essays are organized around five main themes:

* museum definitions
* civic responsibility and social service
* architectural spaces
* exhibitions
* spirituality and rationality.

And these themes address the elements that would make museums more inclusive such as:

* exhibition technique
* space configurations
* the personality of the director
* the role of social service
* power sharing
* types of museums
* the need for emotion humour and spirituality.

Without abandoning the traditional museum processes, Gurian shows how museums can honour tradition whilst embracing the new.

Enriched by her experience in groundbreaking museums, Gurian has provided a book that provokes thought, dialogue and action for students and professionals in the field to realize the inclusive potential of museums.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415357623
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
899,280
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : reflections on 35 years in the museum field1
1The concept of fairness : a debate at the American Association of Museums, 199011
2The importance of "and" : a comment on excellence and equity, 199214
3The molting of children's museums? : an observation, 199819
4What is the object of this exercise? : a meandering exploration of the many meanings of objects in museums, 199933
5Choosing among the options : an opinion about museum definitions, 200248
6Timeliness : a discussion for museums, 200357
7The museum as a socially responsible institution, 198869
8Turning the ocean liner slowly : about the process of change in larger institutions, 199076
9The opportunity for social service, 199182
10A savings bank for the soul : about institutions of memory and congregant spaces, 199688
11Function follows form : how mixed-used spaces in museums build community, 200199
12Threshold fear : architecture program planning, 2005115
13Free at last : a case for the elimination of admission charges in museums, 2005127
14Answers to the ten questions I am most often asked : a review of exhibitions and learning, 1981137
15Noodling around with exhibition opportunities : the potential meanings of exhibition modalities, 1991150
16Let's empower all those who have a stake in exhibitions : about the uses, meaning, and failings of the team approach, 1990162
17Reluctant recognition of the superstar : a paean to individual brilliance, and how it operates, 1992167
18A blurring of the boundaries, 1994171
19The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum : history or metaphor? 1993180
20A Jew among the Indians : how working outside of one's own culture works, 1991189
21Repatriation in context : the important changes brought to museums by indigenous communities, 1991194
22Singing and dancing at night : a biographic meaning to working in the spiritual arena, 2004200

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