Reinventing the Museum: The Evolving Conversation on the Paradigm Shift

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Reinventing the Museum: The Evolving Conversation on the Paradigm Shift offers 44 seminal articles representing the changing perspectives about the role of museums in contemporary times. The book includes iconic pieces from the 20th century and presents the latest thinking of the past decade. The book begins with foundational writings that provide a thorough history of museum thought and theory. With this context established, Anderson presents articles that trace the emerging ideas in 21st-century museum studies ...

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Overview

Reinventing the Museum: The Evolving Conversation on the Paradigm Shift offers 44 seminal articles representing the changing perspectives about the role of museums in contemporary times. The book includes iconic pieces from the 20th century and presents the latest thinking of the past decade. The book begins with foundational writings that provide a thorough history of museum thought and theory. With this context established, Anderson presents articles that trace the emerging ideas in 21st-century museum studies on public engagement, frameworks, and leadership. In conjunction with introductory material and recommended additional readings, these articles will help students grasp the leading ideas and the essentials of the dialogue taking place in the museum field.

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Editorial Reviews

Muse
Praise for the first edition: This book is an excellent starting point for institutions, and those interested in the future of those institutions, to address the problems posed by the high expectations fo the communities they serve.
Museum News
Praise for the first edition: Because its conceptual framework and essays so faithfully represent the reigning orthodoxy in American museums, Reinventing the Museum is the perfect survey text for introductory courses and undergraduate offerings in history, art history, anthropology, and museum studies.
Martha Morris
In this new edition of Reinventing the Museum Gail Anderson once again provides a comprehensive and thoughtful array of essays by leaders in the museum field and beyond. Issues that address the challenge of the 21st century museum are explored in many of these essays which will serve both students and practitioners. I welcome this new and valuable addition to the literature.
Joy Davis
Gail Anderson's insightful reflections on change effectively contextualize a wealth of readings that have been instrumental in shaping our understanding of the changing roles of museums in society. This exceptional anthology will remind seasoned professionals of where we've come from and stimulate thinking about where we are going—and will build emergent professionals' understanding of the complex forces that are influencing contemporary museum practice.
Muse

Praise for the first edition: This book is an excellent starting point for institutions, and those interested in the future of those institutions, to address the problems posed by the high expectations fo the communities they serve.
Museum News
Praise for the first edition: Because its conceptual framework and essays so faithfully represent the reigning orthodoxy in American museums, Reinventing the Museum is the perfect survey text for introductory courses and undergraduate offerings in history, art history, anthropology, and museum studies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759119642
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 3/8/2012
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 558
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Gail Anderson has been active in the museum field for more than 30 years. She is a museum consultant in private practice.

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Table of Contents

A Framework: Reinventing the Museum
Part I Pivotal Moments in the 20th-Century Dialogue
1.The Gloom of the Museum (1917), by John Cotton Dana
2.What Is a Museum? (1942), by Theodore Low
3.The Museum, a Temple or the Forum (1971), by Duncan Cameron
4.Museum Accountability: Laws, Rules, Ethics, and Accreditation (1991), by Willard L. Boyd
5.Deft Deliberations (1991), by Dan L. Monroe and Walter Echo-Hawk
6.Deaccessioning: The American Perspective (1991), by Marie C. Malaro
7.Museums in the Age of Deconstruction (1992), by Michael M. Ames
8.The Real Multiculturalism: A Struggle for Authority and Power (1992), by Amalia Mesa-Bains
9.Mining the Museum: An Installation Confronting History (1993), by Lisa G. Corrin
10.The Constructivist Museum (1995), by George Hein
11.Creampuffs and Hardball: Are You Really Worth What You Cost or Just Merely Worthwhile? (1999), by Stephen E. Weil
12.Savings Bank for the Soul (1996), by Elaine Heumann Gurain
13.Changing Practices of Interpretation (1997), by Lisa C. Roberts
14.The Experience Economy (1999) , by B. Joseph Pine II and James H. Gilmore
15.From Being About Something to Being For Somebody: The Ongoing Transformation of the American Museum (1999), by Stephen E. Weil
Part II The Emerging 21st-Century Ideology
16.Change and Complexity in the 21st-Century Museum: The Real Relics in our Museums May Be the Ways We Think and Work (2004), by Lois Silverman and Mark O'Neill
17.The Relevant Museum: A Reflection on Sustainability (2006), by Emlyn Koster
18.The Case for Holistic Intentionality (2007), by Randi Korn
19.Museum Collections, Documentation, and Shifting Knowledge Paradigms (2005), by Fiona Cameron
20.Sustainable Stewardship: Preventative Conservation in a Changing World (2008), by Jerry Podany
21.Culture and Museums in the Winds of Change: The Need for Cultural Indicators (2010), by Douglas Worts
22.Embedding Civic Engagement (2010), by Graham Black
Part III Perspectives on Meaningful Public Engagement
23.Do Museum Exhibitions Have a Future? (2007), by Kathleen McLean
24.The Exploded Museum (2008), by Peter Samis
25.The Visitors’ Bill of Rights: A List of Important Human Needs, Seen From the Visitors' Point of View (2000), by Judy Rand
26.The Museum Visitor Experience: Who Visits, Why and to What Affect? (2010) , by John Falk
27.Principals of Participation (2009), by Nina Simon
28.What Is to Be Done, Sandra?: Learning in Cultural Institutions of the Twenty-First Century (2010), by Anna Cutler
29.Threshold Fear: Architecture Program Planning (2005), by Elaine Heumann Gurian
Part IV Shifting Frameworks and Infrastructures
30.Creating a New Business Model (2009), by John Falk and Beverly Sheppard
31.New Ways of Experiencing Culture: The Role of Museums and Marketing Implications (2001), by Neil Kotler
32.Comprehensive Interpretive Plans: A Framework of Questions (2008) , by Marianna Adams and Judy Koke
33.From Knowing to Not Knowing: Moving Beyond “Outcomes" (2010), by Andrew Pekarik
34.Legal and Ethical Considerations in Museum Acquisitions (2006), by Marilyn Phelan
35.Collections Planning: Pinning Down a Strategy (2002), by James B. Gardner and Elizabeth Merritt
36.It’s Easy Being Green (2006), by Sarah Brophy and Elizabeth Wylie
Part V Strategic Implications for Leadership
37.Emotional Intelligence, Passion and Museum Leadership (1999), by Sherene Suchy
38.Governance as Leadership: Bringing New Governing Mindsets to Old Challenges (2004), by Richard P. Chait, William P. Ryan, and Barbara E. Taylor
39.The Source: Twelve Principles of Governance That Power Exceptional Boards, by Boardsource
40.On the Job: For Nonprofits, Final Accountability Rests in the Board's Hands, by Boardsource
41. Multicultural Organizational Development in Nonprofit Organizations: Lessons from the Cultural Competence Learning Initiative (2010), By Laurin Mayeno and Steve Lew
42.Museums and Libraries in the 21st-Century: New Contexts and Skills Definitions (2009), by the Institute of Museum and Library Services
43.The Mindful Museum (2010), by Robert R. Janes
44.Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail (2007), by John P. Kotter
Selected Bibliography
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