Museum Origins

Readings in Early Museum History and Philosophy

Author: Hugh H Genoways,Mary Anne Andrei

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1315423995

Category: Social Science

Page: 344

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With the development of institutions displaying natural science, history, and art in the late 19th century came the debates over the role of these museum in society. This anthology collects 50 of the most important writings on museum philosophy dating from this formative period, written by the many of the American and European founders of the field. Genoways and Andrei contextualize these pieces with a series of introductions showing how the museum field developed within the social environment of the era. For those interested in museum history and philosophy or cultural history, this is an essential resource.
Posted in Social Science

Museum and Gallery Studies

The Basics

Author: Rhiannon Mason,Alistair Robinson,Emma Coffield

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351373080

Category: Social Science

Page: 236

View: 7035

Museum and Gallery Studies: The Basics is an accessible guide for the student approaching Museum and Gallery Studies for the first time. Taking a global view, it covers the key ideas, approaches and contentious issues in the field. Balancing theory and practice, the book address important questions such as: What are museums and galleries? Who decides which kinds of objects are worthy of collection? How are museums and galleries funded? What ethical concerns do practitioners need to consider? How is the field of Museum and Gallery Studies developing? This user-friendly text is an essential read for anyone wishing to work within museums and galleries, or seeking to understand academic debates in the field.
Posted in Social Science

Museum Philosophy for the Twenty-First Century

Author: Hugh H. Genoways

Publisher: Rowman Altamira

ISBN: 0759114250

Category: Philosophy

Page: 310

View: 4045

Edited volume of reflections on museum philosophy for the 21st century from an international group of contributors.
Posted in Philosophy

Museums at the Forefront of the History and Philosophy of Geology

History Made, History in the Making

Author: Gary D. Rosenberg,Renee M. Clary

Publisher: Geological Society of America

ISBN: 0813725356

Category: Geological museums

Page: N.A

View: 7967

Information on museum activities around the world.
Posted in Geological museums

Museum Administration 2.0

Author: Hugh H. Genoways,Lynne M. Ireland

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442255528

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 296

View: 1634

Wondering what a museum director actually does? About to start your first director's job? Looking for guidance in starting up a museum or working with a museum director? Hugh Genoways, Lynne Ireland, and Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko have taken the mystery out and replaced it with experience, wisdom, and guidance. Learn about everything from budgets and strategic planning to human resources and facilities management to collections and programming. They also help you tackle legal documents, legal and ethical issues, and challenges for today's 2.0 world. Case studies and exercises throughout help you review and practice what you are learning.
Posted in Business & Economics

House of Lost Worlds

Dinosaurs, Dynasties, and the Story of Life on Earth

Author: Richard Conniff

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300211635

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 352

View: 5913

A gripping tale of 150 years of scientific adventure, research, and discovery at the Yale Peabody Museum
Posted in Business & Economics

Photography, Natural History and the Nineteenth-Century Museum

Exchanging Views of Empire

Author: Kathleen Davidson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351106872

Category: Photography

Page: 234

View: 9901

The Victorian era heralded an age of transformation in which momentous changes in the field of natural history coincided with the rise of new visual technologies. Concurrently, different parts of the British Empire began to more actively claim their right to being acknowledged as indispensable contributors to knowledge and the progress of empire. This book addresses the complex relationship between natural history and photography from the 1850s to the 1880s in Britain and its colonies: Australia, New Zealand and, to a lesser extent, India. Coinciding with the rise of the modern museum, photography’s arrival was timely, and it rapidly became an essential technology for recording and publicising rare objects and valuable collections. Also during this period, the medium assumed a more significant role in the professional practices and reputations of naturalists than has been previously recognized, and it figured increasingly within the expanding specialized networks that were central to the production and dissemination of new knowledge. In an interrogation that ranges from the first forays into museum photography and early attempts to document collecting expeditions to the importance of traditional and photographic portraiture for the recognition of scientific discoveries, this book not only recasts the parameters of what we actually identify as natural history photography in the Victorian era but also how we understand the very structure of empire in relation to this genre at that time.
Posted in Photography

Museums and the Public Sphere

Author: Jennifer Barrett

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118274830

Category: Art

Page: 206

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Museums and the Public Sphere investigates the role of museums around the world as sites of democratic public space. Explores the role of museums around the world as sites of public discourse and democracy Examines the changing idea of the museum in relation to other public sites and spaces, including community cultural centers, public halls and the internet Offers a sophisticated portrait of the public, and how it is realized, invoked, and understood in the museum context Offers relevant case studies and discussions of how museums can engage with their publics' in more complex, productive ways
Posted in Art

Artifacts and Allegiances

How Museums Put the Nation and the World on Display

Author: Peggy Levitt

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520286065

Category: Art

Page: 268

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What can we learn about nationalism by looking at a country’s cultural institutions? How do the history and culture of particular cities help explain how museums represent diversity? Artifacts and Allegiances takes us around the world to tell the compelling story of how museums today are making sense of immigration and globalization. Based on firsthand conversations with museum directors, curators, and policymakers; descriptions of current and future exhibitions; and inside stories about the famous paintings and iconic objects that define collections across the globe, this work provides a close-up view of how different kinds of institutions balance nationalism and cosmopolitanism. By comparing museums in Europe, the United States, Asia, and the Middle East, Peggy Levitt offers a fresh perspective on the role of the museum in shaping citizens. Taken together, these accounts tell the fascinating story of a sea change underway in the museum world at large.
Posted in Art

The Origins of Museums

The Cabinet of Curiosities in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Europe

Author: Oliver Impey,Arthur MacGregor

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781910807194

Category: Art

Page: 352

View: 5165

* A reprint of the original 1985 edition with updated photographs* Thirty- three essays from scholarly contributors on the evolution of collecting, and how this lead to the formation of the modern museum* One of the first books to explore how collectors live with their objects, a subject which has become increasingly studied and popular The Ashmolean Museum is proud to make this important volume containing the fascinating story of the modern museum's beginnings available again. This ground-breaking book traces the story of collecting, which is the story of curiosity about objects and the world, by focusing on the nobility and specialists who laid the important groundwork for the current concept of museums. The first edition in 1985 sold out within a few months, the second a year or two later, and the third in 1989. There has been no reprint of the original edition since then. The topics covered by these essays are wide-ranging, and the scholarship is impeccable, enlightening, and full of unknown facts. It represents a broad-sweep of history that will captivate and surprise the expert and the interested reader alike.
Posted in Art

A Companion to Museum Studies

Author: Sharon Macdonald

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444357948

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 592

View: 9338

A Companion to Museum Studies captures the multidisciplinary approach to the study of the development, roles, and significance of museums in contemporary society. Collects first-rate original essays by leading figures from a range of disciplines and theoretical stances, including anthropology, art history, history, literature, sociology, cultural studies, and museum studies Examines the complexity of the museum from cultural, political, curatorial, historical and representational perspectives Covers traditional subjects, such as space, display, buildings, objects and collecting, and more contemporary challenges such as visiting, commerce, community and experimental exhibition forms
Posted in Business & Economics

Gender and Well-Being in Europe

Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

Author: Lina Gálvez,Professor Bernard Harris,Professor Helena Machado

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409491757

Category: History

Page: 298

View: 5148

This book is the first of four books based on a series of symposia funded by COST, which is an intergovernmental framework for the promotion of European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research. It draws on both historical and contemporary European case-studies to offer a sophisticated account of the relationship between gender and well-being. The authors focus on key discussions of the changing conceptions of well-being from early twentieth century calculations of the relationship between income and the cost-of-living, to more recent critiques from feminist writers. Their fascinating answers allow them to significantly challenge the issue with the idea that well-being is not only associated with income or opulence but also relates to more abstract concepts including capabilities, freedom, and agency of different women and men and will be of considerable interest to economic and social historians, sociologists of health, gender, sexuality and economists.
Posted in History

Inheritance Hijackers

Who Wants to Steal Your Inheritance and How to Protect It

Author: Robert C. Adamski

Publisher: BookPros, LLC

ISBN: 0981453449

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 204

View: 1236

Inheritance theft is a widespread but hidden phenomenon afflicting every level of society. During the next twenty years, baby boomers and their children will inherit an estimated one hundred trillion dollars, much of which will be hijacked by family members, associates, or strangers. Everyone who might give or receive an inheritance is a potential victim.The legal and practical advice in this book teaches:"Who steals inheritances"Why, When, and How inheritances are stolen"Why we are all potential victims"How to protect yourselfThis book includes Q&As on inheritance law, quizzes to determine the security of your estate, and checklists on how to protect yourself.
Posted in Business & Economics

Visions of Science

Books and Readers at the Dawn of the Victorian Age

Author: James A. Secord

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022620328X

Category: History

Page: 306

View: 4451

The first half of the nineteenth century witnessed an extraordinary transformation in British political, literary, and intellectual life. There was widespread social unrest, and debates raged regarding education, the lives of the working class, and the new industrial, machine-governed world. At the same time, modern science emerged in Europe in more or less its current form, as new disciplines and revolutionary concepts, including evolution and the vastness of geologic time, began to take shape. In Visions of Science, James A. Secord offers a new way to capture this unique moment of change. He explores seven key books—among them Charles Babbage’s Reflections on the Decline of Science, Charles Lyell’s Principles ofGeology, Mary Somerville’s Connexion of the Physical Sciences, and Thomas Carlyle’s Sartor Resartus—and shows how literature that reflects on the wider meaning of science can be revelatory when granted the kind of close reading usually reserved for fiction and poetry. These books considered the meanings of science and its place in modern life, looking to the future, coordinating and connecting the sciences, and forging knowledge that would be appropriate for the new age. Their aim was often philosophical, but Secord shows it was just as often imaginative, projective, and practical: to suggest not only how to think about the natural world but also to indicate modes of action and potential consequences in an era of unparalleled change. Visions of Science opens our eyes to how genteel ladies, working men, and the literary elite responded to these remarkable works. It reveals the importance of understanding the physical qualities of books and the key role of printers and publishers, from factories pouring out cheap compendia to fashionable publishing houses in London’s West End. Secord’s vivid account takes us to the heart of an information revolution that was to have profound consequences for the making of the modern world.
Posted in History

Exhibit Labels

An Interpretive Approach

Author: Beverly Serrell

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442249048

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 300

View: 7991

Exhibit Labels: An Interpretive Approach is a vital reference tool for all museum professionals. Beverly Serrell presents the reader with excellent guidelines on the process of exhibit label planning, writing, design, and production.
Posted in Business & Economics

An Intimate History Of Humanity

Author: Theodore Zeldin

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448161991

Category: Philosophy

Page: 496

View: 6691

This extraordinarily wide-ranging study looks at the dilemmas of life today and shows how they need not have arisen. Portraits of living people and historical figures are placed alongside each other as Zeldin discusses how men and women have lost and regained hope; how they have learnt to have interesting conversations; how some have acquired an immunity to loneliness; how new forms of love and desire have been invented; how respect has become more valued than power; how the art of escaping from one's troubles has developed; why even the privileged are often gloomy; and why parents and children are changing their minds about what they want from each other.
Posted in Philosophy

Visual Culture

Author: Richard Howells,Joaquim Negreiros

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 0745650716

Category: Art

Page: 300

View: 2380

"The first part of the book is concerned with differing theoretical approaches to visual analysis, and includes chapters on iconology, form, art history, ideology, semiotics and hermeneutics. The second part shifts from a theoretical to a medium-based approach and comprises chapters on fine art, photography, film, television and new media. These investigate the complex relationship between reality and visual representation." -- Book Jacket.
Posted in Art

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

50th Anniversary Edition

Author: Thomas S. Kuhn

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226458148

Category: Science

Page: 264

View: 5627

A good book may have the power to change the way we see the world, but a great book actually becomes part of our daily consciousness, pervading our thinking to the point that we take it for granted, and we forget how provocative and challenging its ideas once were—and still are. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is that kind of book. When it was first published in 1962, it was a landmark event in the history and philosophy of science. Fifty years later, it still has many lessons to teach. With The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Kuhn challenged long-standing linear notions of scientific progress, arguing that transformative ideas don’t arise from the day-to-day, gradual process of experimentation and data accumulation but that the revolutions in science, those breakthrough moments that disrupt accepted thinking and offer unanticipated ideas, occur outside of “normal science,” as he called it. Though Kuhn was writing when physics ruled the sciences, his ideas on how scientific revolutions bring order to the anomalies that amass over time in research experiments are still instructive in our biotech age. This new edition of Kuhn’s essential work in the history of science includes an insightful introduction by Ian Hacking, which clarifies terms popularized by Kuhn, including paradigm and incommensurability, and applies Kuhn’s ideas to the science of today. Usefully keyed to the separate sections of the book, Hacking’s introduction provides important background information as well as a contemporary context. Newly designed, with an expanded index, this edition will be eagerly welcomed by the next generation of readers seeking to understand the history of our perspectives on science.
Posted in Science

Mr. Wilson's Cabinet Of Wonder

Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and Other Marvels of Jurassic Techno logy

Author: Lawrence Weschler

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307833984

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

View: 4428

Finalist for Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction Finalist for National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction Pronged ants, horned humans, a landscape carved on a fruit pit--some of the displays in David Wilson's Museum of Jurassic Technology are hoaxes. But which ones? As he guides readers through an intellectual hall of mirrors, Lawrence Weschler revisits the 16th-century "wonder cabinets" that were the first museums and compels readers to examine the imaginative origins of both art and science.
Posted in Social Science