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Curationism: How Curating Took Over the Art World and Everything Else

by David Balzer

Now that we 'curate' even lunch, what happens to the role of the connoisseur in contemporary culture?


Multiculturalism in Art Museums Today

by Joni Boyd Acuff & Laura Evans

Aimed at museum educators, Multiculturalism in Art Museums Today seeks to marry museum and multicultural education theories. It reveals how the union of these theories yields more equitable educational practices...


Art in Europe

by Victoria Charles

The European continent gathers together, without a doubt, the most famous works of art, evidence of the history of Western art. The cultural capitals and their emblematic museums contain paintings, sculptures,...


Museums in the Digital Age: Changing Meanings of Place, Community, and Culture

by Susana Smith Bautista

Museums in the Digital Age: Changing Meanings of Place, Community, and Culture first provides a theoretical framework of how the critical notions of place, community, and culture are changing in the digital...


Unbecoming Nationalism

by Helene Vosters

Canada’s recent sesquicentennial celebrations were the latest in a long, steady progression of Canadian cultural memory projects. Unbecoming Nationalism investigates the power of commemorative performances...


The Museum of Mankind

by Ben Burt

The Museum of Mankind was an innovative and popular showcase for minority cultures from around the non-Western world from 1970 to 1997. This memoir is a critical appreciation of its achievements in the various...


From Extinct Monsters to Deep Time

by Diana E. Marsh

From Extinct Monsters to Deep Time is an ethnography that documents the growing friction between the research and outreach functions of the museum in the 21st century. Marsh describes participant observation...


Collections Vol 14 N1

by Juilee Decker & Collections

Editor Juilee Decker’s introduction to the issue is followed by four articles covering: archives and special collections practices at a small liberal arts college (Benjamin Jenkins and Keren Darancette); repatriation...


From Storeroom to Stage

by Alexandra Urdea

By examining how folk objects are mobilized in national ideologies, transmissions of personal and family memory, museological discourses, and artistic acts, From Storeroom to Stage explores the role that material...


The Man Who ''Invented'' The Aztec Crystal Skulls

by Jane MacLaren Walsh & Brett Topping

Eugène Boban began life in humble circumstances in Paris, traveled to the California Gold Rush, and later became a recognized authority on pre-Columbian cultures.  He also invented an entire category of archaeological...


Artifak

by Hugo DeBlock

In Vanuatu, commoditization and revitalization of culture and the arts do not necessarily work against each other; both revolve around value formation and the authentication of things. This book investigates...


Sense and Essence

by Birgit Meyer & Mattijs van de Port

Contrary to popular perceptions, cultural heritage is not given, but constantly in the making: a construction subject to dynamic processes of (re)inventing culture within particular social formations and bound...


Curating Live Arts

by Dena Davida, Marc Pronovost, Véronique Hudon & Jane Gabriels

Situated at the crossroads of performance practice, museology, and cultural studies, live arts curation has grown in recent years to become a vibrant interdisciplinary project and a genuine global phenomenon....


Visitors to the House of Memory

by Victoria Bishop Kendzia

As one of the most visited museums in Germany's capital city, the Jewish Museum Berlin is a key site for understanding not only German-Jewish history, but also German identity in an era of unprecedented ethnic...


We Are Coming Home

by Gerald T. Conaty, Herman Yellow Old Woman, Jerry Potts & Frank Weasel Head et al.

In 1990, Gerald Conaty was hired as senior curator of ethnology at the Glenbow Museum, with the particular mandate of improving the museum’s relationship with Aboriginal communities. That same year, the Glenbow...


Dynastic Rule

by Geraldine Norman

Published to coincide with the centenary of the Russian Revolution in 1917, Dynastic Rule celebrates one of the great success stories of a stormy period of Russian history. This book tells the story of two directors...


Curating Human Remains

by Myra Giesen

How to care for, store, display and interpret human remains, and issues of their ownership, are contentious questions, ones that need to be answered with care and due consideration. This book offers asystematic...


Museums and Biographies

by Kate Hill

Museums and biographies both tell the stories of lives. This innovative collection examines for the first time biography - of individuals, objects and institutions - in relationship to the museum, casting new...


Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage

by Michelle L. Stefano, Peter Davis & Gerard Corsane

Awareness of the significance of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) has recently grown, due to the promotional efforts of UNESCO and its Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003)....


Distributed Objects: Meaning and Mattering after Alfred Gell

by Liana Chua & Mark Elliott

One of the most influential anthropological works of the last two decades, Alfred Gell's Art and Agency is a provocative and ambitious work that both challenged and reshaped anthropological understandings of...