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Letting Go?: Sharing Historical Authority in a User-Generated World
     

Letting Go?: Sharing Historical Authority in a User-Generated World

by Bill Adair, Benjamin Filene, Laura Koloski
 

ISBN-10: 0983480303

ISBN-13: 9780983480303

Pub. Date: 09/15/2011

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Letting Go? investigates path-breaking public history practices at a time when the traditional expertise of museums seems challenged at every turn—by the Web and digital media, by community-based programming, by new trends in oral history and by contemporary art. In this anthology of 19 thought pieces, case studies, conversations and commissioned art, almost

Overview

Letting Go? investigates path-breaking public history practices at a time when the traditional expertise of museums seems challenged at every turn—by the Web and digital media, by community-based programming, by new trends in oral history and by contemporary art. In this anthology of 19 thought pieces, case studies, conversations and commissioned art, almost 30 leading practitioners such as Michael Frisch, Jack Tchen, Liz Ševcenko, Kathleen McLean, Nina Simon, Otabenga Jones and Associates, and Fred Wilson explore the implications of letting audiences create, not just receive, historical content. Drawing on examples from history, art, and science museums, Letting Go? offers concrete examples and models that will spark innovative work at institutions of all sizes and budgets. This engaging new collection will serve as an introductory text for those newly grappling with a changing field and, for those already pursuing the goal of “letting go,” a tool for taking stock and pushing ahead.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780983480303
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/15/2011
Edition description:
1
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
953,724
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Paula Marincola, Executive Director, Pew Center for Arts and Heritage
Introduction
The editors
PART I: VIRTUALLY BREAKING DOWN: AUTHORITY AND THE WEB
1. Participatory Design and the Future of Museums, Nina Simon
2. Where Are the Best Stories? Where Is My Story?—Participation and Curation in a New Media Age, Steve Zeitlin
3. Online Dialogue and Cultural Practice: A Conversation, Matthew Fisher and Bill Adair
4. Get Real! The Role of Objects in the Digital Age, Matthew MacArthur
PART II: THROWING OPEN THE DOORS: COMMUNITIES AS CURATORS
5. Whose Questions, Whose Conversations?, Kathy McLean
6. The “Dialogic Museum” Revisited: A Collaborative Reflection, John Kuo Wei Tchen and Liz Ševcenko
7. Moving Pictures: Minnesota’s Most Rewarding Film Competition, Randal Dietrich, “Introduction”; Matt Ehling, “From Book to Film—The Artifacts of Wartime History”; Tom Drube, “Remembering Grandma Lucy”
8. Community as Curator: A Case Study at the Brooklyn Historical Society, Deborah Schwartz and Bill Adair
PART III: HEARING VOICES: SHARING AUTHORITY THROUGH ORAL HISTORY
9. From A Shared Authority to the Digital Kitchen, and Back, Michael Frisch
10. Make Yourself at Home: Welcoming Voices in Open House: If These Walls Could Talk, Benjamin Filene
11. The Black Bottom: Making Community-Based Performance in West Philadelphia, Billy Yalowitz, with graphic art by Pete Stathis
12. Listening Intently: Can StoryCorps Teach Museums How to Win the Hearts of New Audiences?, Benjamin Filene
PART IV: THE QUESTION OF EVALUATION: UNDERSTANDING THE VISITORS’ RESPONSE
13. Public Curation: From Trend to Research-Based Practice, Tom Satwicz and Kris Morrisey
PART V: CONSTRUCTING PERSPECTIVES: ARTISTS AND HISTORICAL AUTHORITY
14. Peering Behind the Curtain: Artists and Questioning Historical Authority, Melissa Rachle
15. Mining the Museum Revisited: A Conversation, Fred Wilson, Paula Marincola, and Marjorie Schwarzer
16. “The Fever Dream of the Amateur Historian”: Ben Katchor’s The Rosenbach Company: A Tragicomedy, Melissa Rachleff
17. Embracing the Unexpected: Artists in Residence at the American Philosophical Society, Laura Koloski
18. Fred Sanford Meets Sun Ra, Otabenga Jones
19. A London Travelogue: Visiting Dennis Severs’ House, Mary Teeling

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