Museum culture : histories, discourses, spectacles / editors: Daniel J. Sherman and Irit Rogoff

Sherman, Daniel J [ed.] | Rogoff, Irit [ed.].
ISBN: 0415092744.Publisher: London : Routledge, 1994Description: xx, 301 p.Summary: Museums are the staging grounds of culture-a close look reveals that they display much more than artefacts, and this perceptive tour of our collected and catalogued culture affords such a look. This book conducts us through the complex of ideas, values, and symbols that pervade and shape the practice of exhibiting that makes the museum a central institution and metaphor in contemporary society. This volume explores the ways in which museums assign meaning to art through various kinds of exhibitions and display strategies and controlling discourses. The authors examine the political implications of these strategies and the forms of knowledge they invoke and construct, their transformations into alternative exhibition forms, and their recent involvement with the spectacular practices of mass media culture. Certain essays also cake up the question of how the museum-going public itself is constructed. Drawing on the history of museums and ranging from Western Europe to Israel, the United States, and the former Soviet Union, this book will interest historians, critics, museum professionals, students of art and critical theory, and all chose concerned witch our contemporary museum culture. (Font: Editor)
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Museums are the staging grounds of culture-a close look reveals that they display much more than artefacts, and this perceptive tour of our collected and catalogued culture affords such a look. This book conducts us through the complex of ideas, values, and symbols that pervade and shape the practice of exhibiting that makes the museum a central institution and metaphor in contemporary society. This volume explores the ways in which museums assign meaning to art through various kinds of exhibitions and display strategies and controlling discourses. The authors examine the political implications of these strategies and the forms of knowledge they invoke and construct, their transformations into alternative exhibition forms, and their recent involvement with the spectacular practices of mass media culture. Certain essays also cake up the question of how the museum-going public itself is constructed. Drawing on the history of museums and ranging from Western Europe to Israel, the United States, and the former Soviet Union, this book will interest historians, critics, museum professionals, students of art and critical theory, and all chose concerned witch our contemporary museum culture. (Font: Editor)

Acknowledgments -- Introduction: Frameworks for Critical Analysis / Daniel J. Sherman, Irit Rogoff -- Part I. Histories: 1. The German Art Museum and the History of the Nation / Detlef Hoffmann ; 2. The Whitechapel Picture Exhibitions and the Politics of Seeing / Seth Koven ; 3. "An Elite Experience for Everyone": Art Museums, the Public and Cultural Literacy / Vera L. Zolberg ; 4. Identity as Self-Discovery: The Ecomuseum in France / Dominique Poulot ; 5. With Open Doors: Museums and Historical Narratives in Israel’s Public Space / Ariella Azoulay -- Part II. Discourses: 6. The Museum as Metaphor in Nineteenth-Century France / Chantal Georgel ; 7. Quatremère/Benjamin/Marx: Art Museums, Aura, and Commodity Fetishism / Daniel J. Sherman ; 8. The Struggle against the Museum; or, The Display of Art in Totalitarian Space / Boris Groys ; 9. "Degenerate Art" and Documenta I: Modernism Ostracized and Disarmed / Walter Grasskamp -- Part III. Spectacles: 10. The Times and Spaces of History: Representation, Assyria, and the British Museum / Frederick N. Bohrer ; 11. From Ruins to Debris: The Feminization of Fascism in German-History Museums / Iris Rogoff ; 12. A New Center: The National Museum of Women in the Arts / Anne Higonnet ; 13. Selling Nations: International Exhibitions and Cultural Diplomacy / Brian Wallis -- Contributors -- Index

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