Civilizing Rituals: Inside Public Art Museums

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Psychology Press, 1995 - Art - 178 pages
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Illustrated with over fifty photos, Civilizing Rituals merges contemporary debates with lively discussion and explores central issues involved in the making and displaying of art as industry and how it is presented to the community.

Carol Duncan looks at how nations, institutions and private individuals present art , and how art museums are shaped by cultural, social and political determinants.

Civilizing Rituals is ideal reading for students of art history and museum studies, and professionals in the field will also find much of interest here.

  

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Contents

THE ART MUSEUM AS RITUAL
7
FROM THE PRINCELY GALLERY TO THE PUBLIC ART MUSEUM The Louvre Museum and the National Gallery London
21
PUBLIC SPACES PRIVATE INTERESTS Municipal art museums in New York and Chicago
48
SOMETHING ETERNAL The donor memorial
72
THE MODERN ART MUSEUM Its a mans world
102
CONCLUSION
133
NOTES
135
BIBLIOGRAPHY
162
INDEX
174
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Carol Duncan is an art historian who has written extensively on the history of museums.

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