Exhibiting Dilemmas: Issues of Representation at the Smithsonian Free Download Pdf

Exhibiting Dilemmas: Issues of Representation at the Smithsonian

Exhibiting Dilemmas In twelve essays on such diverse Smithsonian Institution holdings as the Hope Diamond, the Wright Flyer, wooden Zuni carvings, and the Greensboro, North Carolina, Woolworth lunch counter, Exhibiting  explores a wide range of social, political, and ethical questions faced by museum curators in their roles as custodians of culture. Focusing on the challenges posed by the transformation of exhibitions from object-driven “cabinets of curiosities” to idea-driven sources of education and entertainment, the contributors – all Smithsonian curators and staff members – provide a lively and sometimes provocative discussion of the increasingly complex enterprise of acquiring and displaying objects in a museum setting.
In showing how the exhibitions in America’s national museum can evoke conflicting memories, emotions, and meaning among both curators and a diverse public, Exhibiting Dilemmas airs fundamental issues being confronted by museum professionals worldwide.

Exhibiting Dilemmas: Issues of Representation at the Smithsonian Free Download Pdf

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