Civilizing Rituals: Inside Public Art Museums
Routledge, 20/06/2005 - 192 páginas
Illustrated with over fifty photos, Civilizing Rituals merges contemporary debates with lively discussion and explores central issues involved in the making and displaying of art as industry and how it is presented to the community.
Carol Duncan looks at how nations, institutions and private individuals present art , and how art museums are shaped by cultural, social and political determinants.
Civilizing Rituals is ideal reading for students of art history and museum studies, and professionals in the field will also find much of interest here.
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Museum catalogues, for example, normally treat only the contents of a collection. The "collection" is not conceptualized as a place but rather as an accumulation of valuable and unique objects. Books about famous collectors do something ...
As much as possible, each example (or group of examples) is situated within its relevant historical context. Chapter 2 treats the Louvre Museum in Paris and the National Gallery in London and is concerned mainly with the transformation ...
As the above makes clear, I have limited the scope of this book to western democracies and have slanted it heavily toward Anglo-American examples, the majority being American. Without doubt, different boundaries could have been drawn, ...
... and the individual's place within it.2 Museums of all kinds are excellent examples of such microcosms; art museums in particular - the most prestigious and costly of these sites3 - are especially rich in this kind of symbolism and, ...
The Louvre curator Germain Bazin, for example, wrote that an art museum is "a temple where Time seems suspended"; the visitor enters it in the hope of finding one of "those momentary cultural epiphanies" that give him "the illusion of ...
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FROM THE PRINCELY GALLERY TO THE PUBLIC ART MUSEUM The Louvre Museum and the National Gallery London
PUBLIC SPACES PRIVATE INTERESTS Municipal art museums in New York and Chicago
SOMETHING ETERNAL The donor memorial
THE MODERN ART MUSEUM Its a mans world