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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In addition, the College made it possible for me to accept a grant from the American Council of Learned Societies, which I also gratefully acknowledge. The ACLS grant gave me the kind of unbroken writing time I needed to complete the ...
However pressing these issues, the question I am asking here is, although parallel, a different one: what fundamental purposes do western museums serve in the context of western societies? My book is, in the immediate sense, ...
At the same time, the dichotomy has provided a rationale for putting western and non-western societies on a hierarchical scale, with the western ones (plus a few far eastern courtly cultures) on top as producers of art and non-western ...
One might object that this borrowing from the architectural past can have only metaphoric meaning and should not be taken for more, since ours is a secular society and museums are secular inventions. If museum facades have imitated ...
But in fact, in traditional societies, rituals may be quite unspectacular and informal-looking moments of contemplation or recognition. At the same time, as anthropologists argue, our supposedly secular, even anti-ritual, ...
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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