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Museum Studies: An Anthology of Contexts / Edition 1

Museum Studies: An Anthology of Contexts / Edition 1

by Bettina Messias Carbonell
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ISBN-13: 9780631228301
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 11/03/2003
Pages: 680
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 2.00(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Contents: Alternative Taxonomyx
Notes on Contributorsxv
Introduction: Museum/Studies and the "Eccentric Space" of an Anthology1
Part IMuseology: A Collection of Contexts
1From The Museum Age: Foreword18
2The Museum: Its Classical Etymology and Renaissance Genealogy23
3The Universal Survey Museum51
4Brain of the Earth's Body: Museums and the Framing of Modernity71
5The Museum Refuses to Stand Still85
6The Mirror and the Tomb: Africa, Museums, and Memory92
7Seeing Through Solidity: A Feminist Perspective on Museums104
8Museums of "Human Suffering" and the Struggle for Human Rights117
9At The Holocaust Museum123
Part IIStates of "Nature" in the Museum: Natural History, Anthropology, Ethnology
10To the Citizens of the United States of America129
11Letter of 1863 to Mr. Thomas G. Cary131
12The Development of Ethnological Museums133
13Museums of Ethnology and Their Classification139
14The Constitution of Nature: Taxonomy as Politics in Jefferson, Peale, and Bartram143
15"Magnificent Intentions": Washington, D.C., and American Anthropology in 1846159
16Ethnology: A Science on Display175
17Ambiguous Messages and Ironic Twists: Into the Heart of Africa and The Other Museum181
18Thinking and Doing Otherwise: Anthropological Theory in Exhibitionary Practice193
19Museum Matters208
20What White Publishers Won't Print216
Part IIIThe Status of Nations and the Museum
21From On the Museum of Art: An Address225
22Museums and the Formation of National and Cultural Identities231
23Fracturing the Imperial Mind247
24Presidential Address to the Museums Association, Maidstone Meeting, 1909252
25Picturing Feminism, Selling Liberalism: The Case of the Disappearing Holbein260
26The Architectural Museum from World's Fair to Restoration Village273
27Addresses on the Occasion of the Opening of the American Wing, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York290
28Telling the Story of America296
29Some Thoughts about National Museums at the End of the Century302
30The Pitt-Rivers Museum, Oxford307
Part IVLocating History in the Museum
31Local Museums315
32Memory, Distortion, and History in the Museum318
33Collecting Ideas and Artifacts: Common Problems of History Museums and History Texts335
34Melodrama, Pantomime or Portrayal? Representing Ourselves and the British Past through Exhibitions in History Museums348
35Reality as Illusion, the Historic Houses that Become Museums356
36Artifacts as Expressions of Society and Culture: Subversive Genealogy and the Value of History362
37A Sense of Another World: History Museums and Cultural Change375
38Mining the Museum: Artists Look at Museums, Museums Look at Themselves381
39Other Icons: The Museums403
Part VArts, Crafts, Audiences
40The Museum as an Art Patron414
41Aims and Principles of the Construction and Management of Museums of Fine Art419
43Conclusion to The Love of Art431
44Art and the Future's Past436
45Museums Without Collections: Museum Philosophy in West Africa455
46Cultural Entrepreneurship in Nineteenth-century Boston, Part II: The Classification and Framing of American Art461
47Women at the Whitney, 1910-30: Feminism/Sociology/Aesthetics483
48Zero Gravity498
49From The Museum as Muse: Artists Reflect: Introduction506
50Exhibiting Mestizaje: The Poetics and Experience of the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum521
51Resonance and Wonder541
52Changing Values in the Art Museum: Rethinking Communication and Learning556
53Secrets of Encounter576
Selected Bibliography581

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From the Publisher

“Carbonell's  anthology is now a distinguished standard,useful as a sourcebook for ideas, teaching, even research. Like themuseums she addresses, the collection is marked by itscapaciousness of thought and attitude.”
- Bruce Robertson, University of California, SantaBarbara

“Addressing topics as diverse as indigenous curation andtechnological and cultural interactivity, this anthology challengesmuseum studies tradition, arguing for the relevance of museumswhile celebrating the challenges of museum work.”
- Steven Lubar, Brown University

“If the first edition of this acclaimed anthology was alandmark, this revised and enlarged edition is even better - withan impressive transnational coverage of topics, issues, and trendsin historical and contemporary museum practice that will beessential reading for scholars, students andprofessionals.”
- Conal McCarthy, Victoria University of Wellington, NewZealand

“This new edition offers an innovative and timelyperspective on locating the emerging themes and debates in museumstudies today. An essential reader for both the scholar and studentthat combines in a single volume both classic essays and moreesoteric, hard-to-find sources.”
- Christopher B. Steiner, Connecticut College

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