Museums and Memory

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Stanford University Press, 2000 - Art - 257 pages
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Museums today are more than familiar cultural institutions and showplaces of accumulated objects; they are the sites of interaction between personal and collective identities, between memory and history. The essays in this volume consider museums from personal experience and historical study, and from the memories of museum visitors, curators, and scholars. Representing a variety of fields - history, anthropology, art history, and museum scholarship - the contributors discuss museums across disciplinary boundaries that have separated art museums from natural history museums or local history museums from national galleries. The essays range widely over time and place, in exhibitions and institution type. The papers are organized according to three suggestive themes: experimental ways of theorizing and designing contemporary museums with an explicit interest in history and memory; discussions of personal encounters with historical exhibits; and the professional risks at stake for collectors and curators who shape the institutional presentation of history and memory.
 

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Contents

Archivetextures of Museology
17
The Art of Recovering History
35
Curious Cabinets and Imaginary Museums
60
Theories of Forgetting
81
Photography Exhibitions
93
Remembering
137
Renaissance Collecting and the Cult
161
The Quarrel of the Ancients and Moderns in
179
The Formation
200
Notes
221
Index
253
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Susan A. Crane is Assistant Professor of Modern European History at the University of Arizona. She is the author of the forthcoming "Collecting and Historical Consciousness.

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