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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Each book examines the usefulness of innovative concepts and methods, not in abstract terms but through the analysis of particular art objects, ways of writing about art, and cultural institutions and practices.
The "collection" is not conceptualized as a place but rather as an accumulation of valuable and unique objects. Books about famous collectors do something similar, usually narrating the how and when a collector gained his possessions.
... works of art are framed as historical or art-historical objects, while in the aesthetic model, their unique and transcendent qualities are primary, and the museum space is expected to provide a sanctuary for their contemplation.
It is, in my view, precisely the complexity of the art museum - its existence as a profoundly symbolic cultural object as well as a social, political, and ideological instrument - that makes the notion of the museum as ritual so ...
The main body of this book, however, will not treat museum rituals as isolated objects of study. It will certainly argue the ritual character of art museums, describe them as ritual settings, and analyze them as ritual scenarios.
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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