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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 variety of s ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published May 17th 1991 by Smithsonian Books
(first published 1991)
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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
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.