LEAD 301
Museums: History and Practice Spring 2019 Division II; Cross-listed as ARTH303 / LEAD301 / ARTH501

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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
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on oral presentations as well as two research papers
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Enrollment Preference: Graduate Program students then to senior Art History majors
Department Notes: satisfies the seminar requirement for the undergraduate Art History major
Distributions: Division II;
Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ARTH; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under LEAD
Attributes: AMST Space and Place Electives; LEAD Facets or Domains of Leadership

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