ARTH 401
Museums: History and Practice Spring 2022
Division I
Cross-listed LEAD 301 / ARTH 501 / ARTH 401
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Art museums not only express the political, economic and cultural values of their period of formation, but the evolution of those values that have resulted in today’s institutions. Looking at museums past and present internationally, seminar participants will envision the future of museums as we recognize programmatic and re-organizational developments in our own moment of civic and social unrest. The class will consider this future while examining existing governance and management policies and practices, the role of architecture and installation in interpretation and experience, guidelines in the accessioning and deaccessioning of works of art, and issues in repatriation and restitution of cultural property. Surveying museums ranging in size and type from the “encyclopedic” to newly established contemporary arts institutions and alternative spaces, we will investigate current trends in acquisition, exhibition and educational programming in light of a changing canon. In addition, class discussions will have a special focus on how museums might strive to balance their traditional scholarly and artistic roles with their future civic and social responsibilites, doing so while maintaining financial stability in the increasingly market-driven, metric-conscious, not-for-profit environment of our time.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 3780
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: oral presentations and discussion in class and one seminar paper (with class presentation) at the end of the semester
Prerequisites: undergraduates should email [email protected] to schedule a discussion before registering for the course
Enrollment Preferences: graduate students, then senior art history majors, then other undergraduates
Unit Notes: satisfies the seminar requirement for the undergraduate Art History major
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
LEAD 301 Division II ARTH 501 Division I ARTH 401 Division I
Attributes: AMST Space and Place Electives
LEAD Facets or Domains of Leadership

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