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New Museum Theory and Practice: An Introduction

Janet Marstine (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-0558-3
348 pages
September 2005, Wiley-Blackwell
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New Museum Theory and Practice is an original collection of essays with a unique focus: the contested politics and ideologies of museum exhibition.

  • Contains 12 original essays that contribute to the field while creating a collective whole for course use.
  • Discusses theory through vivid examples and historical overviews.
  • Offers guidance on how to put theory into practice.
  • Covers a range of museums around the world: from art to history, anthropology to music, as well as historic houses, cultural centres, virtual sites, and commercial displays that use the conventions of the museum.
  • Authors come from the UK, Canada, the US, and Australia, and from a variety of fields that inform cultural studies.
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List of Figures.

Preface: How to Use this Book.

Acknowledgements.

Introduction (Janet Marstine).

Part I: Defining New Museum Theory.

A Surveys and Groundwork.

1. Editor's Introduction.

The Architecture is the Museum (Micheala Giebelhausen).

Questions for Discussion.

2. Editor's Introduction.

Feminist Curatorial Strategies and Practices Since the 1970s (Katy Deepwell).

3. Editor's Introduction.

New Art, New Challenges: The Changing Face of Conservation in the Twenty-First Century (Rachel Barker and Patricia Smithen).

Questions for Discussion.

B. Case Studies in Contemporary Practice.

4. Editor's Introduction.

How We Study History Museums: Or Cultural Studies At Monticello (Eric Gable).

Questions for Discussion.

5. Editor's Introduction.

Spectacle and Democracy: Experience Music Project as a Post-Museum (Chris Bruce).

Questions for Discussion.

6. Editor's Introduction.

Revealing and Concealing: Museums, Objects, and the Transmission of Knowledge in Aboriginal Australia (Moira G. Simpson).

Questions for Discussion.

7. Editor's Introduction.

Restructuring South African Museums: Reality and Rhetoric Within Cape Town (Julie L. NcGee).

Part II: Looking to the Future: Theory into Practice.

8. Editor's Introduction.

The Critical Museums Visitor (Margaret Lindauer).

Questions for Discussion.

9. Editor's Introduction.

Visiting the Virtual Museum: Art and Experience Online (Lianne McTavish).

Questions for Discussion.

10. Editor's Introduction.

Reframing Studio Art Production and Critique (Helen Klebesadel).

Questions for Discussion.

11. Editor's Introduction.

The University Museum and Gallery: A Site for Institutional Critique and a Focus of the Curriculum (Lyndel King and Janet Marstine).

Questions for Discussion.

12. Editor's Introduction.

Museum Archives as Resources from Scholarly Research and Institutional Identity (Lois Marie Fink).

Questions for Discussion.

Bibliography.

Index.
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Janet Marstine is an art historian who has taught at Bowdoin College and Central Washington University. She has curated several exhibitions and is now working on new approaches to student and faculty exhibitions.
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  • Presents the first comprehensive study of new museum theory.

  • Contains 12 original essays that contribute to the field while creating a collective whole for course use.

  • Discusses theory through vivid examples and historical overviews.

  • Offers guidance on how to put theory into practice.

  • Covers a range of museums around the world: from art to history, anthropology to music, as well as historic houses, cultural centres, virtual sites, and commercial displays that use the conventions of the museum.

  • Authors come from the UK, Canada, the US, and Australia, and from a variety of fields that inform cultural studies.
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“This is an ambitious book, setting out as it does to explore the gamut of ‘new’ museum theory and practice. The essays in this book are diverse, but together they suggest virtually all of the recent major intellectual and political shifts within the museum world.” (Museum Anthropology, Summer 2008)

“This book is inspiring and ... offers an excellent vision of why and how the museum will matter more in the 21st century.” (Muse)

“This book offers a fresh approach to teaching museum studies – combining a synoptic view of prevailing museum theories with pragmatic end of chapter review questions.” 
–Flora Edouwaye S. Kaplan, New York University

“An excellent book for students of museums. In developing a creative and effective analytical toolkit for critical museum visitors, this original volume will also prove essential for aspiring museum professionals.” 
–Eilean Hooper-Greenhill, University of Leicester

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