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Exhibiting Cultures: The Poetics and Politics of Museum Display
Debating the practices of museums, galleries, and festivals, Exhibiting Cultures probes the often politically charged relationships among aesthetics, contexts, and implicit assumptions that govern how art and artifacts are displayed and understood. The contributors—museum directors, curators, and scholars in art history, folklore, history, and anthropology—represent a vari ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published May 17th 1991 by Smithsonian Books
(first published 1991)
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A collection of essays about museums and folk festivals from the early 90's. The essays are from different authors, so, as expected, their performance is a bit uneven. Some essays offer really thoughtful points to anyone thinking about identity and ideology in the study of museums. Other essays are complete dogshit (Yamaguchi's essay on "The Poetics of Exhibition in Japanese Culture" strikes me as the most egregious in the dogshit category...it is a bullshit attempt to essentialize all of Japane ...more
This anthology examines the political implications inherent in the cultural assumptions, aesthetic values, and exhibitory contexts that are implicit in the choices governing the display of art and artifacts, with museums as intermediaries between the makers/users of artifacts and exhibit viewers. The book emphasizes the need for contributions from exhibited cultures, deeper expertise in non-Western and minority culture, and experimental exhibition design that allows for multiple perspectives and ...more