Museums and Community

Author: Elizabeth Crooke
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134305940
Release Date: 2008-03-10
Genre: Art

Combining research that stretches across all of the social sciences and international case studies, Elizabeth Crooke here explores the dynamics of the relationship between the community and the museum. Focusing strongly on areas such as Northern Ireland, South Africa, Australia and North America to highlight the complex issues faced by museums and local groups, Crooke examines one of the museum's primary responsibilities – working with different communities and using collections to encourage people to learn about their own histories, and to understand other people's. Arguing for a much closer examination of this concept of community, and of the significance of museums to different communities, Museums and Community is a dynamic look at a relationship that has, in modern times, never been more important.

Kunst und ffentlichkeit

Author: Dagmar Danko
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 9783658018344
Release Date: 2014-08-22
Genre: Social Science

Kunst steht im Zentrum der Öffentlichkeit: Skulpturen, Installationen, Interventionen und Happenings im städtischen Raum; bestehende oder geplante prestigeträchtige Kunst- und Kulturhäuser; öffentliche Dispute um Kunst und Kultur als mögliche Akteurinnen oder Außenseiterinnen von sozialen, politischen, ökonomischen und digitalen Revolutionen; Kunstwerke und Kulturinstitutionen als Projektionsfläche für das verheißungsvolle Versprechen von mehr Demokratie, sozialer Kohärenz oder politischer Neuerungen – Kunst wird heute, vielleicht mehr denn je, öffentlich ausgestellt und exponiert, diskutiert und kritisiert, hofiert und idealisiert. Die Beiträge dieses Bandes untersuchen dieses Phänomen anhand verschiedenster Analyseansätze und am Beispiel unterschiedlicher Kunstsparten.

Museums Equality and Social Justice

Author: Richard Sandell
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781136318702
Release Date: 2013-05-20
Genre: Social Science

The last two decades have seen concerns for equality, diversity, social justice and human rights move from the margins of museum thinking and practice, to the core. The arguments – both moral and pragmatic – for engaging diverse audiences, creating the conditions for more equitable access to museum resources, and opening up opportunities for participation, now enjoy considerable consensus in many parts of the world. A growing number of institutions are concerned to construct new narratives that represent a plurality of lived experiences, histories and identities which aim to nurture support for more progressive, ethically-informed ways of seeing and to actively inform contemporary public debates on often contested rights-related issues. At the same time it would be misleading to suggest an even and uncontested transition from the museum as an organisation that has been widely understood to marginalise, exclude and oppress to one which is wholly inclusive. Moreover, there are signs that momentum towards making museums more inclusive and equitable is slowing down or, in some contexts, reversing. Museums, Equality and Social Justice aims to reflect on and, crucially, to inform debates in museum research, policy and practice at this critical time. It brings together new research from academics and practitioners and insights from artists, activists, and commentators to explore the ways in which museums, galleries and heritage organisations are engaging with the fast-changing equalities terrain and the shifting politics of identity at global, national and local levels and to investigate their potential to contribute to more equitable, fair and just societies.

Micromuseology

Author: Fiona Candlin
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781474254984
Release Date: 2015-11-05
Genre: Art

How would our understanding of museums change if we used the Vintage Wireless Museum or the Museum of Witchcraft as examples – rather than the British Museum or the Louvre? Although there are thousands of small, independent, single-subject museums in the UK, Europe and North America, the field of museum studies remains focused almost exclusively on major institutions. In this ground-breaking new book, Fiona Candlin reveals how micromuseums challenge preconceived ideas about what museums are and how they operate. Based on extensive fieldwork and analysis of more than fifty micromuseums, she shows how they offer dramatically different models of curation, interpretation and visitor experience, and how their analysis generates new perspectives on subjects such as display, objects, collections, architecture, and the public sphere. The first-ever book dedicated to the subject, Micromuseology provides a platform for radically rethinking key debates within museum studies. Destined to transform the field, it is essential reading for students and researchers in museum studies, anthropology, material culture studies, and visual culture.

A Companion to Museum Studies

Author: Sharon Macdonald
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781444357943
Release Date: 2011-08-24
Genre: Business & Economics

A Companion to Museum Studies captures the multidisciplinary approach to the study of the development, roles, and significance of museums in contemporary society. Collects first-rate original essays by leading figures from a range of disciplines and theoretical stances, including anthropology, art history, history, literature, sociology, cultural studies, and museum studies Examines the complexity of the museum from cultural, political, curatorial, historical and representational perspectives Covers traditional subjects, such as space, display, buildings, objects and collecting, and more contemporary challenges such as visiting, commerce, community and experimental exhibition forms

Conversations at the Castle

Author: Ga.) Arts Festival of Atlanta (1996 Atlanta
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 026210072X
Release Date: 1998
Genre: Art

This book addresses one of the most troubling questions of contemporary art theory and practice: Who is contemporary art for? Although the divide between contemporary art and the public has long been acknowledged, this is the first time that artists, critics, and the public have come together to debate the problem and to make artmaking, criticism, and public reaction part of the same process. Like the exhibitions, discussions, and seminars held at "The Castle" during the summer 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, this book is based on the premise that contemporary artists and the general public have something to say to each other. By positing the space of "conversation" as one in which artworks can be experienced as creative sites open to multilayered interpretations by changing audiences, the book provides an antidote to the modernist connoisseurial silence that has long been used to define quality. The book is divided into three sections. The first contains essays by project curator Mary Jane Jacob, critic and coeditor Michael Brenson, and cultural critic Homi K. Bhabha. Their essays describe fresh approaches to contemporary art and its audiences at a time of increased access through technology and decreased government funding. The second section contains essays by the six artists/collaborative teams involved in the project. Their works, aimed at public participation, included installation-performances, collaborations with Atlanta communities, cross-country tours, and the creation and presentation of food as a means to stimulate conversation and construct community. The artists are: artway of thinking (Italy), Ery Camara (Senegal/Mexico), Mauricio Dias and Walter Riedweg (Brazil/Switzerland), Regina Frank (Germany), IRWIN (Slovenia), and Maurice O'Connell (Ireland).The final section contains seven essays by the critics, curators, educators, administrators, and artists who led the "Conversations on Culture" at The Castle. The essays are by Jacquelynn Baas, Michael Brenson, Lisa Graziose Corrin, Amina Dickerson and Tricia Ward, Steven Durland, Susan Krane, and Susan Vogel.

Heritage Museums and Galleries

Author: Gerard Corsane
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0415289459
Release Date: 2005-01
Genre: Business & Economics

Bringing the reader the very best of modern scholarship from the heritage community, this comprehensive reader outlines and explains the many diverse issues that have been identified and brought to the fore in the field of heritage, museums and galleries over the past couple of decades. The volume is divided into four parts: presents overviews and useful starting points for critical reflection focuses more specifically on selected issues of significance, looking particularly at the museum's role and responsibilities in the postmodern and postcolonial world concentrates on issues related to cultural heritage and tourism dedicated to public participation in heritage, museum and gallery processes and activities. The book provides an ideal starting point for those coming to the study of museums and galleries for the first time.

Museums and Their Communities

Author: Sheila Watson
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415402590
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Business & Economics

Using case studies drawn from all areas of museum studies, Museums and their Communities explores the museums as a site of representation, identity and memory, and considers how it can influence its community. Focusing on the museum as an institution, and its social and cultural setting, Sheila Watson examines how museums use their roles as informers and educators to empower, or to ignore, communities. Looking at the current debates about the role of the museum, she considers contested values in museum functions and examines provision, power, ownership, responsibility, and institutional issues. This book is of great relevance for all disciplines as it explores and questions the role of the museum in modern society.

New Directions in Museum Ethics

Author: Janet Marstine
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317967132
Release Date: 2013-10-31
Genre: Social Science

This book considers key ethical questions in museum policy and practice, particularly those related to issues of collection and display. What does a collection signify in the twenty-first century museum? How does an engagement with immateriality challenge museums’ concept of ownership, and how does that immateriality translate into the design of exhibitions and museum space? Are museums still about safeguarding objects, and what does safeguarding mean for diverse individuals and communities today? How does the notion of the museum as a performative space challenge our perceptions of the object? The scholarship represented in this volume is a testament to the range and significance of critical inquiry in museum ethics. Together, the chapters resist a legalistic interpretation, bound by codes and common practice, to advance an ethics discourse that is richly theorized, constantly changing and contingent on diverse external factors. Contributors take stock of innovative research to articulate a new museum ethics founded on the moral agency of museums, the concept that museums have both the capacity and the responsibility to create social change. This book is based on a special issue of Museum Management and Curatorship.

Handbook for Museums

Author: David Dean
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781135908447
Release Date: 2013-10-28
Genre: Business & Economics

Handbook for Museums is the definitive guide of need-to-know information essential for working in the museum world. Presenting a field-tested guide to best practice, the Handbook is formed around a commitment to professionalism in museum practice. The sections provide information on management, security, conservation and education. Including technical notes and international reading lists too, Handbook for Museusms is an excellent manual for managing and training.

Looking Reality in the Eye

Author: Museums Association of Saskatchewan
Publisher: University of Calgary Press
ISBN: 9781552381434
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Art

Museums are often stereotyped as dusty storage facilities for ancient artefacts considered important by only a handful of scholars. Recently there has been effort on the part of some museumologists to reconsider the role and responsibilities of museums, art galleries and science centres as integral social institutions in their communities. The book attempts to point the way towards a sustainable future for museums by examining institutions that have found creative ways to attain a socially responsive model for cultural resource management. Accessible and engaging, the articles presented here are an excellent starting point for any discussion on what museums have been and what they should strive to be.

Ecomuseums

Author: Peter Davis
Publisher: Cassell
ISBN: 0718502086
Release Date: 1999-01-01
Genre: Nature

"Using case studies from around the world, Ecomuseums: A Sense of Place assesses the current range of activities undertaken by ecomuseums and suggests ways in which they might contribute towards ecotourism and sustainable communities."--Jacket.

Museum Activism

Author: Robert R. Janes
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781351251020
Release Date: 2019-01-10
Genre: Art

Only a decade ago, the notion that museums, galleries and heritage organisations might engage in activist practice, with explicit intent to act upon inequalities, injustices and environmental crises, was met with scepticism and often derision. Seeking to purposefully bring about social change was viewed by many within and beyond the museum community as inappropriately political and antithetical to fundamental professional values. Today, although the idea remains controversial, the way we think about the roles and responsibilities of museums as knowledge based, social institutions is changing. Museum Activism examines the increasing significance of this activist trend in thinking and practice. At this crucial time in the evolution of museum thinking and practice, this ground-breaking volume brings together more than fifty contributors working across six continents to explore, analyse and critically reflect upon the museum’s relationship to activism. Including contributions from practitioners, artists, activists and researchers, this wide-ranging examination of new and divergent expressions of the inherent power of museums as forces for good, and as activists in civil society, aims to encourage further experimentation and enrich the debate in this nascent and uncertain field of museum practice. Museum Activism elucidates the largely untapped potential for museums as key intellectual and civic resources to address inequalities, injustice and environmental challenges. This makes the book essential reading for scholars and students of museum and heritage studies, gallery studies, arts and heritage management, and politics. It will be a source of inspiration to museum practitioners and museum leaders around the globe.