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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Art museums emerge as sites in which political power and social interests and the history of cultural forms visibly intersect. Carol Duncan teaches art history at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Her essays have been collected in The ...
Rather, I am concerned with the way art museums offer up values and beliefs - about social, sexual and political identity - in the form of vivid and direct experience. If, in the chapters that follow, I insist on the existence of museum ...
However much they are shaped by particular historical conditions - the politics of their ruling founders or the collecting habits of their patrons - art museums also belong to the larger, international history of bourgeois culture.
It will, I hope, contribute at least indirectly to the debate about museums, if only by insisting that art museums, whatever their stated aims and potentials, must function within existing political and ideological limits.
That is to say, in what follows, while art museums are understood to be both producers of ideology and products of social and political interests, they are not entirely reducible to these categories. It is, in my view, precisely the ...
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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