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Exhibiting Contradiction: Essays on the Art Museum in the United States
     

Exhibiting Contradiction: Essays on the Art Museum in the United States

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by Alan Wallach
 

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In Exhibiting Contradiction, a leading scholar considers the way art museums have depicted--and continue to depict--American society and the American past. In closely focused and often controversial essays, Alan Wallach explores the opposing ideologies that drove the development of the American art museum in the nineteenth century and the tensions and

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In Exhibiting Contradiction, a leading scholar considers the way art museums have depicted--and continue to depict--American society and the American past. In closely focused and often controversial essays, Alan Wallach explores the opposing ideologies that drove the development of the American art museum in the nineteenth century and the tensions and contradictions characteristic of recent museum history.

University of Massachusetts Press

Editorial Reviews

Winterthur Portfolio

For trustees, philanthropists, and cultural policy makers willing to invest the intellectual effort, reading these powerfully presented essays will pay dividends, for they provide the essential historical background to the persistent questions about the purpose, social value, and future direction of the art museum in America.

Art Times

An interesting exploration of just how far the museum has changed since its 19th century role as 'preservator of the arts.' Required reading for artist and/or artlover.

Journal of American History

Wallach's points are in general well taken and always interesting. Clear enough for undergraduates and theoretically rich enough for senior scholars, this enjoyable book should be of interest to a wide audience.

Booknews
Focuses on the development of art institutions in the US and how they depict or represent American society and the American past, drawing on histories both of individual museums and the art museum as an institution. Among the nine topics are long-term visions and short- term failures in the first half of the 19th century, Samuel Parrish's civilization, regionalism redux, and resistance to history. Moderately illustrated in black and white. Paper edition (unseen) $14.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558491182
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date:
02/24/1998
Pages:
168
Sales rank:
1,237,193
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x (h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Kenneth Myers

These powerful essays casat new light on the history of both art and museums in nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century America. The collection will be of interest to a wide range of scholars, museum professionals, and lay readers.

Andrew McClellan

In a series of focused studies spanning a century and a half, Wallach illuminates key episodes in the ideological formation of the American art museum and the role of museums in shaping our perception of art. Whether one agrees or disagrees with the author, he makes a strong argument for the centrality and enduring symbolic power of the museum in our culture.

Meet the Author

Alan Wallach is Ralph H. Wark Professor of Art and Art History and professor of American studies at the College of William and Mary.

University of Massachusetts Press

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