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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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Table of Contents

List of Figures viii

Preface: How to Use this Book x

Acknowledgments xii

Introduction 1
Janet Marstine

Part I Defining New Museum Theory 37

A Surveys and Groundwork 39

1 Editor’s Introduction 41

THE ARCHITECTURE IS THE MUSEUM 41
Michaela Giebelhausen

Questions for Discussion 60

2 Editor’s Introduction 64

FEMINIST CURATORIAL STRATEGIES AND PRACTICES SINCE THE 1970s 65
Katy Deepwell

Questions for Discussion 80

3 Editor’s Introduction 85

NEW ART, NEW CHALLENGES: THE CHANGING FACE OF CONSERVATION IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY 86
Rachel Barker and Patricia Smithen

Questions for Discussion 103

B Case Studies in Contemporary Practice 107

4 Editor’s Introduction 109

HOW WE STUDY HISTORY MUSEUMS: OR CULTURAL STUDIES AT MONTICELLO 109
Eric Gable

Questions for Discussion 126

5 Editor’s Introduction 129

SPECTACLE AND DEMOCRACY: EXPERIENCE MUSIC PROJECT AS A POST-MUSEUM 130
Chris Bruce

Questions for Discussion 149

6 Editor’s Introduction 152

REVEALING AND CONCEALING: MUSEUMS, OBJECTS, AND THE TRANSMISSION OF KNOWLEDGE IN ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIA 153
Moira G. Simpson

Questions for Discussion 174

7 Editor’s Introduction 178

RESTRUCTURING SOUTH AFRICAN MUSEUMS: REALITY AND RHETORIC WITHIN CAPE TOWN 179
Julie L. McGee

Questions for Discussion 196

Part II Looking to the Future: Theory into Practice 201

8 Editor’s Introduction 203

THE CRITICAL MUSEUM VISITOR 203
Margaret Lindauer

Questions for Discussion 223

9 Editor’s Introduction 226

VISITING THE VIRTUAL MUSEUM: ART AND EXPERIENCE ONLINE 226
Lianne McTavish

Questions for Discussion 244

10 Editor’s Introduction 247

REFRAMING STUDIO ART PRODUCTION AND CRITIQUE 248
Helen Klebesadel

Questions for Discussion 263

11 Editor’s Introduction 266

THE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM AND GALLERY: A SITE FOR INSTITUTIONAL CRITIQUE AND A FOCUS OF THE CURRICULUM 267
Lyndel King and Janet Marstine

Questions for Discussion 288

12 Editor’s Introduction 292

MUSEUM ARCHIVES AS RESOURCES FOR SCHOLARLY RESEARCH AND INSTITUTIONAL IDENTITY 293
Lois Marie Fink

Questions for Discussion 306

Bibliography 308

Index 322

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Author Information

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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The Wiley Advantage


  • 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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Reviews

“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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