Museum Studies: An Anthology of Contexts / Edition 1

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The explosive popularity of museums has made museum studies one of the most productive and exciting intellectual and pedagogical sites for historians and art historians, anthropologists, archaeologists, and critical theorists. Museum Studies: An Anthology of Contexts provides a comprehensive interdisciplinary collection of approaches to museums and their relation to history, culture, philosophy, and their adoring or combative publics. An indispersable text for teaching museum studies in today's classroom, Museum Studies brings together for the first time a wide array of texts that mix contemporary analysis with classic, historical documentation. Offering encyclopedic coverage of the issues critical to the rise and role of the museum -- history and development; relation to society; the ethics of classification, exhibition, and exclusion; the representation of cultures; property and ownership; the poetics of display; material culture and historical documentation; tradition, innovation, and self-reflexivity in museum practice -- this is the most comprehensive and ambitious volume available on museum studies. The Anthology opens with an introductory essay that provides vital background and situates museum studies in a truly interdisciplinary context. Each section includes an opening essay that guides the reader through the selections while the volume's bibliography provides a list of resources devoted to museum studies.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Combining important historical texts, classic critical analyses, and current commentary on the museum, this anthology is a unique resource for Museum Studies. It is especially useful in assembling sophisticated discussions of many kinds of institutions, including museums of art, history, anthropology, and natural history." Bruce Altshuler, New York University

"The rich diversity of contexts and commentaries in this collection reveals the fascination of the museum not only for curators and museologists, but also for anthropologists, architects, politicians, historians, critics, and poets. The breadth of the survey is a timely reminder that the condition of our museums is – and has always been – a barometer of social attitudes and change." Helen Rees Leahy, University of Manchester

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631228257
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 680
  • Product dimensions: 7.13 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 2.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Bettina Messias Carbonell is Associate Professor of English and Program Coordinator for the interdisciplinary Humanities and Justice major at John Jay College, City University of New York. Her publications and current research focus on ethics, aesthetics, and the representation of history in literary texts and in museums.

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Table of Contents

Contents: Alternative Taxonomy
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Museum/Studies and the "Eccentric Space" of an Anthology 1
1 From The Museum Age: Foreword 18
2 The Museum: Its Classical Etymology and Renaissance Genealogy 23
3 The Universal Survey Museum 51
4 Brain of the Earth's Body: Museums and the Framing of Modernity 71
5 The Museum Refuses to Stand Still 85
6 The Mirror and the Tomb: Africa, Museums, and Memory 92
7 Seeing Through Solidity: A Feminist Perspective on Museums 104
8 Museums of "Human Suffering" and the Struggle for Human Rights 117
9 At The Holocaust Museum 123
10 To the Citizens of the United States of America 129
11 Letter of 1863 to Mr. Thomas G. Cary 131
12 The Development of Ethnological Museums 133
13 Museums of Ethnology and Their Classification 139
14 The Constitution of Nature: Taxonomy as Politics in Jefferson, Peale, and Bartram 143
15 "Magnificent Intentions": Washington, D.C., and American Anthropology in 1846 159
16 Ethnology: A Science on Display 175
17 Ambiguous Messages and Ironic Twists: Into the Heart of Africa and The Other Museum 181
18 Thinking and Doing Otherwise: Anthropological Theory in Exhibitionary Practice 193
19 Museum Matters 208
20 What White Publishers Won't Print 216
21 From On the Museum of Art: An Address 225
22 Museums and the Formation of National and Cultural Identities 231
23 Fracturing the Imperial Mind 247
24 Presidential Address to the Museums Association, Maidstone Meeting, 1909 252
25 Picturing Feminism, Selling Liberalism: The Case of the Disappearing Holbein 260
26 The Architectural Museum from World's Fair to Restoration Village 273
27 Addresses on the Occasion of the Opening of the American Wing, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 290
28 Telling the Story of America 296
29 Some Thoughts about National Museums at the End of the Century 302
30 The Pitt-Rivers Museum, Oxford 307
31 Local Museums 315
32 Memory, Distortion, and History in the Museum 318
33 Collecting Ideas and Artifacts: Common Problems of History Museums and History Texts 335
34 Melodrama, Pantomime or Portrayal? Representing Ourselves and the British Past through Exhibitions in History Museums 348
35 Reality as Illusion, the Historic Houses that Become Museums 356
36 Artifacts as Expressions of Society and Culture: Subversive Genealogy and the Value of History 362
37 A Sense of Another World: History Museums and Cultural Change 375
38 Mining the Museum: Artists Look at Museums, Museums Look at Themselves 381
39 Other Icons: The Museums 403
40 The Museum as an Art Patron 414
41 Aims and Principles of the Construction and Management of Museums of Fine Art 419
42 Museum 430
43 Conclusion to The Love of Art 431
44 Art and the Future's Past 436
45 Museums Without Collections: Museum Philosophy in West Africa 455
46 Cultural Entrepreneurship in Nineteenth-century Boston, Part II: The Classification and Framing of American Art 461
47 Women at the Whitney, 1910-30: Feminism/Sociology/Aesthetics 483
48 Zero Gravity 498
49 From The Museum as Muse: Artists Reflect: Introduction 506
50 Exhibiting Mestizaje: The Poetics and Experience of the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum 521
51 Resonance and Wonder 541
52 Changing Values in the Art Museum: Rethinking Communication and Learning 556
53 Secrets of Encounter 576
Selected Bibliography 581
Index 600
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