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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She illuminates the ways in which museums in France, Britain and the United States engage their visitors in the performance of ritual scenarios and, through them, communicate and affirm ideas, values and social identities.
From this perspective, art museums appear as environments structured around specific ritual scenarios - various examples of which different chapters of this book will explore. My intent in this is not to argue a theory of ritual or a ...
so it refuses to position rituals as the kind of cultural "other" familiar in classical anthropological studies. ... argue the ritual character of art museums, describe them as ritual settings, and analyze them as ritual scenarios.
At the same time, as anthropologists argue, our supposedly secular, even anti-ritual, culture is full of ritual situations and events - very few of which (as Mary Douglas has noted) take place in religious contexts.1 That is, ...
Similarly, museums offer well-developed ritual scenarios, most often in the form of art- historical narratives that unfold through a sequence of spaces. Even when visitors enter museums to see only selected works, the museum's larger ...
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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