ARTH 502 Fall 2013 From WCMA to Bilbao and Beyond:The Future of Museums in the Global Cultural Landscape

Cross Listed as LEAD302, ARTH315
Over the past century, Europe and the U.S. have experienced a steady and pervasive growth of public institutions, private collections, and the museum-and gallery-going audience. Since the financial meltdown of 2008, however, the "crisis in the arts" has become an ongoing article of faith there among museum professionals and trustees alike, audience growth seems to have leveled off, and institutional expansion has all but ceased. At the same time, cultural activity in the developing world--as reflected in the creation of new museums, arts institutions, and private collections--seems to be increasing at a remarkable rate. China and the Middle East are prime examples of where governments, corporations, and private individuals are funding the development and construction of new arts institutions at a pace and scale rate that surpass anything seen in the West. The central focus of this course will be (1) to examine the implications of cultural globalization as it impacts museums and the art world; (2) to identify the different and emerging new cultural; (3) to analyze the motivations and rationale for large-scale cultural investment world-wide as a political and socio-economic phenomenon; (4) to assess the impact of the globalization of culture on Western notions of art history and the production and sale of cultural artifacts and objects; and (5) to explore and interrogate the key role of individual leadership in mobilizing cultural work and institutional change.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, brief presentations of readings, a final presentation and a research paper of 15-20 pages
Additional Info: 14 with places for 9 undergraduate [ARTH 315] and 5 graduate students [ARTH 502]
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: preference given to senior Art History majors, majors in Leadership Studies, seniors across disciplines, and Graduate Program students.
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ARTH; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under LEAD
Divisional Attributes: Division I
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Enrollment Limit: 14
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 1322
ARTH502-01(F) SEM From WCMA to Bilbao and Beyond Division 1: Languages and the Arts Thomas Krens
R 1:10 PM-3:50 PM WCMA Rose Gallery 1322
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