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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,...


Critical Issues in Public Art: Content, Context, and Controversy

by Harriet Senie

In this groundbreaking anthology, twenty-two artists, architects, historians, critics, curators, and philosophers explore the role of public art in creating a national identity, contending that each work can...


From Knowledge to Narrative: Educators and the Changing Museum

by Lisa Roberts

From Knowledge to Narrative shows that museum educators—professionals responsible for making collections intelligble to viewers—have become central figures in shaping exhibits. Challenging the traditional,...


The Museum in Transition: A Philosophical Perspective

by Hilde S. Hein

During the past thirty years, museums of all kinds have tried to become more responsive to the interests of a diverse public. With exhibitions becoming people-centered, idea-oriented, and contextualized, the...


Museums: A Visual Anthropology

by Mary Bouquet

Museums summarises the central debates for the study of museums around the world. Examining ways to address the social relations of museums, embedded in their sites, collections, and exhibitions, as an integral...


Fashion and Museums: Theory and Practice

by Marie Riegels Melchior & Birgitta Svensson

Why is fashion "in fashion" in museums today? This timely volume brings together expert scholars and curators to examine the reasons behind fashion's popularity in the twenty-first century museum and the impact...


Cultural Heritage in the Arabian Peninsula: Debates, Discourses and Practices

by Karen Exell & Trinidad Rico

Heritage projects in the Arabian Peninsula are developing rapidly. Museums and heritage sites are symbols of shifting national identities, and a way of placing the Arabian Peninsula states on the international...


New Collecting: Exhibiting and Audiences after New Media Art

by Beryl Graham

New media art presents many challenges to the curator and collector, but there is very little published analytical material available to help meet those challenges. This book fills that gap. Drawing from the...


Museums, Health and Well-Being

by Helen Chatterjee & Guy Noble

The social responsibilities of museums is an emerging topic in the sector. Access, education and heritage studies form part of a wider social intervention to meet the needs of the community locally and nationally,...


Museums and the Construction of Disciplines: Art and Archaeology in Nineteenth-Century Britain

by Christopher Whitehead

Museums and museum politics were important elements in the development of the disciplines of Archaeology and Art History in nineteenth-century Britain. Here Christopher Whitehead explores some of the key debates...


Analyzing Art and Aesthetics

by Anne Collins Goodyear & Margaret A. Weitekamp

This ninth volume of the Artefacts series explores how artists have responded to developments in science and technology, past and present. Rather than limiting the discussion to art alone, editors Anne Collins...


Creating Exhibitions: Collaboration in the Planning, Development, and Design of Innovative Experiences

by Polly McKenna-Cress & Janet Kamien

“This is a must-read for the nervous novice as well as the world-weary veteran. The book guides you through every aspect of exhibit making, from concept to completion. The say the devil is in the details,...


Visual Arts and the Law: A Handbook for Professionals

by Judith B Prowda

This essential handbook offers art professionals and collectors an accessible legal analysis of important principles in art law, as well as a practical guide to legal rights when creating, buying, selling and...


Doing Museology Differently

by Duncan Grewcock

One might believe that museum studies is a stable field of academic inquiry based on a set of familiar institutional forms and functions. But as institutions museums have never been stable or singular, and neither...


Displaying the Ideals of Antiquity: The Petrified Gaze

by Johannes Siapkas & Lena Sjögren

Displaying the Ideals of Antiquity investigates the study and display of ancient sculpture from archaeological, art historical, and museum studies perspectives. Ancient sculptures not only give us knowledge...


Museum Governance: Mission, Ethics, Policy

by Marie Malaro

In Museum Governance, Marie Malaro addresses a range of issues facing museum administrators and trustees, arguing they can handle their duties intelligently only if they understand two points—why our country...


Domesticating History: The Political Origins of America's House Museums

by Patricia West

Celebrating the lives of famous men and women, historic house museums showcase restored rooms and period furnishings, and portray in detail their former occupants' daily lives. But behind the gilded molding...


Museums and Communities: The Politics of Public Culture

by Ivan Karp, Christine Mullen Kreamer & Steven Levine

Contributors to this volume examine and illustrate struggles and collaborations among museums, festivals, tourism, and historic preservation projects and the communities they represent and serve. Essays include...


Best Practice 2

by Emma Nardi & Cinzia Angelini

Emma Nardi, Introduction; Cinzia Angelini, Adult visitors learning from experience; Paola Autore, Roma Caput Mundi - A trip into the past to rediscover the origins of integration; Narine Khachaturyan, Three...


History from Things: Essays on Material Culture

by Stephen Lubar & David W. Kingery

   History from Things explores the many ways objects—defined broadly to range from Chippendale tables and Italian Renaissance pottery to seventeenth-century parks and a New England cemetery—can reconstruct...