Beyond the Turnstile: Making the Case for Museums and Sustainable Values

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2009 - Art - 202 pages
Beyond the Turnstile argues that museums are indispensable to civil society, especially in an era in which museums often are reduced to cultural businesses or "edu-tainment" sites. Is it inevitable that a museum's success will be measured solely by how many people come through the door and how much money they spend? The eminent contributors to this volume provide museum leaders with a different set of criteria for evaluating the success of their museums, proposing a set of sustainable values that can help museums preserve themselves and advance their social mission in hard times--and help them thrive when times improve. While attendance and money will continue to count and be counted in our museums, numbers alone can never drive sustainable success. Only the unique dynamic identity that a museum can claim will do that.
 

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Contents

Anderson
5
Leonard Krishtalka
12
Guillermo Barrios
36
Cherise Smith and Gary Matthews
44
James Walvin
56
A Way of Coming to Terms with the Colonial Past a la Franaise?
63
Vanda Vitali
72
CREATIVITY AND EXPERIMENTATION
97
Lita Albuquerque
125
Alan Shestack
136
James Elkins
142
GENERATION AND DISSEMINATION OF KNOWLEDGE
153
Tom Freudenheim
171
Lori Starr
178
CONCLUSION
187
INDEX
195

Carrie Przybilla
118

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About the author (2009)

Selma Holo is director of the Fisher Museum of Art and the International Museum Institute at the University of Southern California. Mari-Tere Alvarez is project specialist in the Department of Education at the J. Paul Getty Museum and serves as associate director of the International Museum Institute.

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