New Museum Theory and Practice

New Museum Theory and Practice : An Introduction

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"New Museum Theory and Practice" is an original collection of essays with a unique focus: the contested politics and ideologies of museum exhibition. It contains 12 original essays that contribute to the field while creating a collective whole for course use. It discusses theory through vivid examples and historical overviews. It offers guidance on how to put theory into practice. It covers a range of museums around the world: from art to history, anthropology to music, as well as historic houses, cultural centres, virtual sites, and commercial displays that use the conventions of the museum. The authors come from the UK, Canada, the US, and Australia, and from a variety of fields that inform cultural studies.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 346 pages
  • 167 x 231 x 19mm | 518g
  • Blackwell Publishing Ltd
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 1405105593
  • 9781405105590
  • 502,969

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New Museum Theory and Practice is an original collection of essays with a unique focus: the contested politics and ideologies of museum practice. This lively introduction, comprised of essays authored by curators, archivists, scholars, teachers, and conservators from around the world - including the Tate, the Smithsonian, and the Experience Music Project - and from all levels of museum studies, examines the incendiary issues currently raging in the field. Complete with editorial introductions, questions for students, and a comprehensive bibliography, the volume surveys the concerns of the museum in language accessible to undergraduate and graduate students of art history, studio art, and museum studies.
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Table of contents

List of Figures. Preface: How to Use this Book. Acknowledgements. Introduction (Janet Marstine). Part I: Defining New Museum Theory. A Surveys and Groundwork. 1. Editor's Introduction. The Architecture is the Museum (Micheala Giebelhausen). Questions for Discussion. 2. Editor's Introduction. Feminist Curatorial Strategies and Practices Since the 1970s (Katy Deepwell). 3. Editor's Introduction. New Art, New Challenges: The Changing Face of Conservation in the Twenty-First Century (Rachel Barker and Patricia Smithen). Questions for Discussion. B. Case Studies in Contemporary Practice. 4. Editor's Introduction. How We Study History Museums: Or Cultural Studies At Monticello (Eric Gable). Questions for Discussion. 5. Editor's Introduction. Spectacle and Democracy: Experience Music Project as a Post-Museum (Chris Bruce). Questions for Discussion. 6. Editor's Introduction. Revealing and Concealing: Museums, Objects, and the Transmission of Knowledge in Aboriginal Australia (Moira G. Simpson). Questions for Discussion. 7. Editor's Introduction. Restructuring South African Museums: Reality and Rhetoric Within Cape Town (Julie L. NcGee). Part II: Looking to the Future: Theory into Practice. 8. Editor's Introduction. The Critical Museums Visitor (Margaret Lindauer). Questions for Discussion. 9. Editor's Introduction. Visiting the Virtual Museum: Art and Experience Online (Lianne McTavish). Questions for Discussion. 10. Editor's Introduction. Reframing Studio Art Production and Critique (Helen Klebesadel). Questions for Discussion. 11. Editor's Introduction. The University Museum and Gallery: A Site for Institutional Critique and a Focus of the Curriculum (Lyndel King and Janet Marstine). Questions for Discussion. 12. Editor's Introduction. Museum Archives as Resources from Scholarly Research and Institutional Identity (Lois Marie Fink). Questions for Discussion. Bibliography. Index.
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"This book offers a fresh approach to teaching museum studies - combining a synoptic view of prevailing museum theories with pragmatic end of chapter review questions." -- Flora Edouwaye S. Kaplan, New York University "An excellent book for students of museums. In developing a creative and effective analytical toolkit for critical museum visitors, this original volume will also prove essential for aspiring museum professionals." -- Eilean Hooper-Greenhill, University of Leicester
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About Janet Marstine

Janet Marstine is an art historian who has taught at Bowdoin College and Central Washington University. She has curated several exhibitions and is now working on new approaches to student and faculty exhibitions.
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