Rethinking the Museum and Other Meditations

Author: Stephen E. Weil
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution
ISBN: 1935623664
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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In these 19 insightful and frequently witty meditations, Stephen E. Weil examines the purposes and functions of the museum in the late 20th century, proposing museums make encounters with a variety of visitors more central to their operation.

Making Museums Matter

Author: Stephen Weil
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution
ISBN: 158834357X
Format: PDF
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In this volume of 29 essays, Weil's overarching concern is that museums be able to “earn their keep”—that they make themselves matter—in an environment of potentially shrinking resources. Also included in this collection are reflections on the special qualities of art museums, an investigation into the relationship of current copyright law to the visual arts, a detailed consideration of how the museums and legal system of the United States have coped with the problem of Nazi-era art, and a series of delightfully provocative training exercises for those anticipating entry into the museum field. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Klassiker der Soziologie der K nste

Author: Christian Steuerwald
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3658014555
Format: PDF, Docs
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Die Soziologie kennt zahlreiche Schriften, die Einführungen in die Geschichte der Soziologie, Zusammenfassungen über spezielle Forschungsgebiete und -fragen oder Überblicke über die ›Klassiker‹ des Fachs bieten. Auch wenn in jüngster Zeit verschiedene kunstsoziologische Einführungen und Überblicksbände veröffentlicht worden sind, fehlt in der Soziologie der Künste eine aktuelle Zusammenstellung der ›Klassiker‹. In Folge der intensiven Auseinandersetzungen um den Klassikerbegriff in der Soziologie sowie umfangreicher Weiterentwicklungen der Soziologie der Künste kann es in einer aktuellen Zusammenstellung aber nicht nur um ›Klassiker‹ an sich gehen. Gerade die Soziologie der Künste weist verschiedene höchst bedeutende und prominente Ansätze auf, die nur auf höchst problematische Weise mit dem Klassikerbegriff in welcher Form auch immer zu vereinbaren sind. Dementsprechend geht es in dem Buch nicht nur um ›Klassiker‹. Vielmehr sollen auch Kultur- und Sozialwissenschaftlerinnen beziehungsweise Kultur- und Sozialwissenschaftler aufgenommen werden, die richtungsweisende Arbeiten für eine Soziologie der Kunst vorgelegt haben.

Museum Management

Author: Kevin Moore
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134830653
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Collecting a selection of essential writings by some of the leading authors in the field, Kevin Moore examines the developments in, and effectiveness of, museum management in a world dominated by new and exciting heritage and leisure attractions. The selected papers in Museum Management outline the development of museum management to date, the challenges museums currently face, and the key areas of future development in management and marketing practice, and addresses: strategic management issues: policy formulation, corporate planning and performance measurement human resource management financial management the importance of marketing. This volume is an invaluable introduction to the key issues, controversies and debates in the subject. It will be essential reading for all students, museum managers and staff who need to keep up to date with latest developments in this field.

CABINET CURIOSITIES PB

Author: Stephen E. Weil
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
ISBN:
Format: PDF
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Weil argues that museums, especially art museums, need to concentrate on purpose more than technique or process.

Museum Provision and Professionalism

Author: Gaynor Kavanagh
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134830599
Format: PDF, ePub
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Museums are public places where objects, images and memories are kept and shared. They exist in infinite variety and contradiction. They can be places of great excitement and great boredom, sharply insightful and hopelessly bland. Museums are anything that the political climate and the imagination allows them to be. No two museums are the same. The papers which make up this volume give ample evidence of the variety of views that exist about museums. They also demonstrate that museums and museum professionals are moving forward with energy and conviction. This volume will be invaluable to students and museum professionals and will provoke them to consider museum provision and professionalism in all their forms.

Civilizing the Museum

Author: Elaine Heumann Gurian
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134247060
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Written over a thirty-five year career, the essays in Civilizing the Museum introduce students to the powerful, sometimes contested, and often unrealized notion that museums should welcome all because they house the collective memory of all. Drawing on her experience working in and with museums in the US and throughout the world, Author Elaine Heumann Gurian explores the possibilities for making museums more central and relevant to society. The twenty-two essays are organized around five main themes: * museum definitions * civic responsibility and social service * architectural spaces * exhibitions * spirituality and rationality. And these themes address the elements that would make museums more inclusive such as: * exhibition technique * space configurations * the personality of the director * the role of social service * power sharing * types of museums * the need for emotion humour and spirituality. Without abandoning the traditional museum processes, Gurian shows how museums can honour tradition whilst embracing the new. Enriched by her experience in groundbreaking museums, Gurian has provided a book that provokes thought, dialogue and action for students and professionals in the field to realize the inclusive potential of museums.

Handbook for Museums

Author: David Dean
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135908443
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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.

Shivers Down Your Spine

Author: Alison Griffiths
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231503466
Format: PDF, ePub
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From the architectural spectacle of the medieval cathedral and the romantic sublime of the nineteenth-century panorama to the techno-fetishism of today's London Science Museum, humans have gained a deeper understanding of the natural world through highly illusionistic representations that engender new modes of seeing, listening, and thinking. What unites and defines many of these wondrous spaces is an immersive view-an invitation to step inside the virtual world of the image and become a part of its universe, if only for a short time. Since their inception, museums of science and natural history have mixed education and entertainment, often to incredible, eye-opening effect. Immersive spaces of visual display and modes of exhibition send "shivers" down our spines, engaging the distinct cognitive and embodied mapping skills we bring to spectacular architecture and illusionistic media. They also force us to reconsider traditional models of film spectatorship in the context of a mobile and interactive spectator. Through a series of detailed historical case studies, Alison Griffiths masterfully explores the uncanny and unforgettable visceral power of the medieval cathedral, the panorama, the planetarium, the IMAX theater, and the science museum. Examining these structures as exemplary spaces of immersion and interactivity, Griffiths reveals the sometimes surprising antecedents of modern media forms, suggesting the spectator's deep-seated desire to become immersed in a virtual world. Shivers Down Your Spine demonstrates how immersive and interactive museum display techniques such as large video displays, reconstructed environments, and touch-screen computer interactives have redefined the museum space, fueling the opposition between public and private, science and spectacle, civic and corporate interests, voice and text, and life and death. In her remarkable study of sensual spaces, Griffiths explains why, for centuries, we keep coming back for more.