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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 the institutions of our time. The seminar will focus on museums past and present internationally as it also considers the future of museums, doing so as it examines governance and management policies and practices, the role of architecture and installation in interpretation and experience, guidelines in the accessioning and deaccessioning works of art, and issues associated with the repatriation and restitution of cultural property. The course will consider current trends in exhibition, public education and other programming in art museums that range in size and type from the “encyclopedic” or “universal” to newly established contemporary arts institutions and alternative spaces. Class discussions will have a special focus on how museums strive to balance their scholarly and artistic roles with their civic and social responsibilities doing so while maintaining financial stability in the increasingly market-driven, metric-conscious, not-for-profit environment of our time.
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
oral presentations and discussion in class and one seminar paper (with class presentation) at the end of the semester
undergraduates should email [email protected] to schedule a discussion before registering for the course
graduate students, then senior art history majors, then other undergraduates
satisfies the seminar requirement for the undergraduate Art History major
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit: