ARTS 270 - Critical Museum Theory
Teaches critical approaches to the study of museums as cultural, political, and didactic institutions. Integrates history, theory, and practice to give students an overview of how the museum as a phenomenon came to be, how exhibitions are made, what stories they tell, and the ways in which these stories are experienced by diverse audiences. Students gain insight into the professional practices of museums, as well as their identities as cultural institutions and public resources that also operate according to the priorities of particular communities, municipalities and private patrons. Engages with aspects of art collection, conservation, curation, and restitution of works of art, and the various challenges of visual representation and display, in examples ranging from the deep past to cutting-edge contemporary projects.
Major/Minor Restrictions: None
Class Restriction: None
Area of Inquiry: Human Thought and Expression
Core Component: None
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