Museums and Communities: Curators, Collections and by Viv Golding, Wayne Modest

By Viv Golding, Wayne Modest

This edited quantity significantly engages with modern scholarship on museums and their engagement with the groups they purport to serve and signify. Foregrounding new curatorial concepts, it addresses an important hole within the to be had literature, exploring a number of the complicated matters bobbing up from contemporary techniques to collaboration among museums and their communities.

The publication unpacks taken-for-granted notions reminiscent of scholarship, group, participation and collaboration, that may gloss over the complexity of identities and bring about tokenistic claims of inclusion through museums. Over 16 chapters, well-respected authors from the united states, Australia and Europe provide a well timed critique to deal with what occurs while museums positioned community-minded ideas into perform, hard readers to maneuver past shallow notions of political correctness that forget about very important distinction during this contested box.

Contributors deal with a variety of key concerns, asking pertinent questions equivalent to how museums negotiate the complexities of integrating collaboration while the objective group is a dwelling, fluid, changeable mass of individuals with their very own agendas and organization. while is engagement actual in preference to symbolic, who advantages from and who drives projects? What specific demanding situations and advantages do artist collaborations deliver? Recognising the a number of views of neighborhood individuals is something, yet how can museums comprise this effectively into exhibition practice?

Students of museum and cultural reports, practitioners and everybody who cares approximately museums worldwide will locate this quantity crucial reading.

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Kaufman, S. 2012. ” The Washington Post. html. Accessed March 22, 2012. Kennicott, P. 2004. ” The Washington Post (September 19). pdf. Accessed November 30, 2012. Kirschenblatt-Gimblett, B. 1998. Destination Culture: Tourism, Museums and Heritage. Berkeley: University of California Press. Lonetree, A. 2009. “Museums as Sites of Decolonization. ” In Contesting Knowledge: Museums and Indigenous Perspectives, ed. S. Sleeper-Smith, 322–337. London: University of Nebraska Press. Lynch, B. 2010. Whose Cake Is it Anyway?

Subsequent chapters will critically map ethically driven movements that have seen visitors turned into communities and the ways in which this has coincided with changes in exhibition spaces. For example, themes of co-curation and new dialogue offer nuanced distinctions of what a curator is and may be, who is empowered to represent the diverse communities, whose voices remain silenced or softer toned, and to what extent meaningful collaboration may differ from participation. The chapter authors will proceed to examine the position of museum curators (including artists and community experts) and the shifting character of their professional role and practices in the twenty-first century.

2005. ” The Independent Review (January 25). Karp, I. 1991. ” In Museums and Communities: the Politics of Public Culture, eds. I. Karp, C. M. Kreamer, and S. D. Lavine, 1–17. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution. Kaufman, S. 2012. ” The Washington Post. html. Accessed March 22, 2012. Kennicott, P. 2004. ” The Washington Post (September 19). pdf. Accessed November 30, 2012. Kirschenblatt-Gimblett, B. 1998. Destination Culture: Tourism, Museums and Heritage. Berkeley: University of California Press.

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