The Gloom of the Museum, Issue 2

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Elm Tree Press, 1917 - Museums - 45 pages
 

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Page 45 - Museums of the future. G. Brown Goode. This pioneer, more than twenty-eight years ago, preached the doctrine that museums in this democratic land should be adapted to the needs of the mechanic, clerk and salesman, as much as to those of the professional man and the man of leisure.
Page 25 - ... museums, spending many thousands per year on administration and many other thousands on acquisition, are now pluming themselves on the fact that they employ one — only one — person to make their collections more interesting to the thousands who visit them; that they have a hall in which during the winter a few lectures are given, and that they publish a bulletin recording their progress in piling up treasures, and catalogs which are as devoid of human interest as a perfect catalog can be.
Page 15 - The objects in them are very largely second rate original art works, usually with large additions of things historical or archaeological of little art value. Many of the buildings are so expensive to administer and to light and to heat that the managers can keep them open to the public a small part only of the hours when the public can best visit them. They are visited by few, that few being made up largely of strangers passing through the city; and the objects displayed are used for practical, every-day...
Page 23 - A great city department store of the first class is perhaps more like a good museum of art than are any of the museums we have yet established.
Page 25 - Museums of the future will not only teach at home, they will travel abroad through their photographs, their text-books and their periodicals. Books, leaflets and journals...
Page 24 - ... knowledge and needs of its patrons; it is well lighted; it has convenient and inexpensive rest rooms; it supplies guides free of charge; it advertises itself widely and continuously; and it changes its exhibits to meet daily changes in subjects of interest, changes of taste in art, and the progress of invention and discovery. A department store is not a good museum...
Page 30 - I have ventured to name as the good things which art museums exist to promote — these refinements may be attained by any, save the very young, who will attend thereto and will diligently use, to that end, the materials always at hand in dress, architecture, shop window, nature and the ever-present picture and printed page. But in spite of the infinity of ever-present opportunity for...
Page 45 - The museums of the future in this democratic land should be adapted / to the needs of the mechanic, the factory operator, the day laborer, the salesman, and the clerk, as much as to those of the professional man and the man of leisure.
Page 21 - ... annual income. It is doubtful if any single change in the general principles of art museum management will do as much to enhance museum influence as will this placing of the oil painting in its proper relation with other objects. THE SUBORDINATION OF PAINTING AND THE PROMOTION OF APPLIED ART If oil paintings are put in the subordinate place in which they belong, the average art museum will have much more room for the display of objects which have quite a direct bearing on the daily life of those...
Page 23 - ... their specialties and forget their museum. They become lost in their idea of a museum and forget its purpose. They become lost in working out their idea of a museum and forget their public. And soon, not being brought constantly in touch with the life of their community through handling and displaying that community's output in one or scores of lines, they become entirely separated from it and go on making beautifully complete and very expensive collections, but never construct a living, active...

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