ARTH 501
Museums: History and Practice Spring 2020
Division I
Cross-listed LEAD 301 / ARTH 303 / ARTH 501

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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 result in the institutions of our time. The seminar will examine museums past, present and future looking at governance and administration practices, architecture and installation, accessioning/deaccessioning policies, and cultural property issues. It will also consider current trends in exhibition, public education and other programming in both “encyclopedic” and contemporary arts institutions. Class discussions will have a special focus on how museums strive to balance their scholarly and artistic roles with their civic and social responsibilities while maintaining financial stability in the increasingly market-driven, metric-conscious, not-for-profit environment of our time.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 14
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on oral presentations as well as two research papers
Enrollment Preferences: Graduate Program students then to senior Art History majors
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 303 Division I ARTH 501 Division I
Attributes: AMST Space and Place Electives
LEAD Facets or Domains of Leadership

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