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Exhibiting Cultures: The Poetics and Politics of Museum Display

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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 variety of s ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published May 17th 1991 by Smithsonian Books (first published 1991)
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Kristi
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Laura
Sep 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Will change the way you attend musuems. Once you start thinking about the challenge of educating crowds who only kinda came to learn you will relish the questioning of every choice made by curators. Why IS the bathroom sign that style/size? Can this exhibit be experienced in the reverse direction and still make sense? How do I personally take in information in an exhibit setting? Why did/didn't they put a place to sit down in this area? A textbook. but a good one.
Jen Dent
Oct 01, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: inner museum curators
The one article that made this more than a college textbook was "Why Museums Made Me Sad." I do have concerns that pillage might be our irreparable destiny, and museums do put that on display however wonderfully.
Rathias
Jan 25, 2010 is currently reading it
Very interesting the view of the contributors of this book. I thinks all of them share the same view. and are based in the recents trend of the cultures studies in the USA academies.
Jen
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art
I'll definitely use this book for references in graduate school.
Starbubbles
it's a series of essays on museum displays. quite interesting, shame i couldn't read more of them, but the book is due at the library.
Mariam
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting and useful essays in art history , display art and museum studies
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