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A Cabinet of Curiosities
Inquiries into Museums and Their Prospects

Author: Stephen E. Weil
ISBN 13: 978-1-56098-511-2
ISBN 10: 1-56098-511-9

Reflecting critically on the current condition of museums and their possible futures, Stephen E. Weil argues in this book that cultural institutions need to free themselves from a fascination with technique and process to concentrate more intently on purpose.


A Legal Primer on Managing Museum Collections, Third Edition

Author: Marie C. Malaro and Ildiko DeAngelis
ISBN 13: 978-1-58834-322-2
ISBN 10: 1-58834-322-7

This book offers the only comprehensive discussion of the legal questions faced by museums as they acquire, use, and refine their collections.


Conservation Concerns
A Guide for Collectors and Curators

Author: Konstanze Bachmann
ISBN 13: 978-1-56098-174-9
ISBN 10: 1-56098-174-1

Written in accessible, nontechnical language, this book’s 23 essays provide invaluable conservation guidelines for a variety of materials and media, focusing as well on proper storage techniques and environmental control.


Critical Issues in Public Art
Content, Context, and Controversy

Author: Harriet Senie
ISBN 13: 978-1-56098-769-7
ISBN 10: 1-56098-769-3

Challenging the traditional, scholarly presentation of objects, educators argue that, rather than transmitting knowledge, museums’ displays should construct narratives that are determined as much by what is meaningful to visitors as by what curators intend.


Domesticating History
The Political Origins of America’s House Museums

Author: Patricia West
ISBN 13: 978-1-56098-836-6
ISBN 10: 1-56098-836-3

Focusing on George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, and the Booker T. Washington National Monument, Patricia West shows how historic houses reflect less the lives and times of their famous inhabitants than the political pressures of the eras during which they were transformed into museums.


Exhibiting Cultures
The Poetics and Politics of Museum Display

Author: Ivan Karp
ISBN 13: 978-1-56098-021-6
ISBN 10: 1-56098-021-4

Debating the practices of museums, galleries, and festivals, Exhibiting Cultures probes the often politically charged relationships among aesthetics, contexts, and implicit assumptions that govern how art and artifacts are displayed and understood.

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