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Civilizing the Museum The Collected Writings of Elaine Heumann Gurian

ISBN-10: 0415357624
ISBN-13: 9780415357623
Edition: 2004
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Book details

Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 2/14/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

Written over a thirty-five year career, the essays inCivilizing the Museumintroduce students to the powerful, sometimes contested, and often unrealized notion that museums should welcome all because they house the collective memory of all. Drawing on her experience working in and with museums in the US and throughout the world, Author Elaine Heumann Gurian explores the possibilities for making museums more central and relevant to society. The twenty-two essays are organized around five main themes: * museum definitions * civic responsibility and social service * architectural spaces * exhibitions * spirituality and rationality. And these themes address the elements that would make museums more inclusive such as: * exhibition technique * space configurations * the personality of the director * the role of social service * power sharing * types of museums * the need for emotion humor and spirituality. Without abandoning the traditional museum processes,Gurian shows how museums can honor tradition whilst embracing the new. Enriched by her experience in groundbreaking museums, Gurian has provided a book that provokes thought, dialogue and action for students and professionals in the field to realize the inclusive potential of museums.

Introduction : reflections on 35 years in the museum field
The concept of fairness : a debate at the American Association of Museums, 1990
The importance of "and" : a comment on excellence and equity, 1992
The molting of children's museums? : an observation, 1998
What is the object of this exercise? : a meandering exploration of the many meanings of objects in museums, 1999
Choosing among the options : an opinion about museum definitions, 2002
Timeliness : a discussion for museums, 2003
The museum as a socially responsible institution, 1988
Turning the ocean liner slowly : about the process of change in larger institutions, 1990
The opportunity for social service, 1991
A savings bank for the soul : about institutions of memory and congregant spaces, 1996
Function follows form : how mixed-used spaces in museums build community, 2001
Threshold fear : architecture program planning, 2005
Free at last : a case for the elimination of admission charges in museums, 2005
Answers to the ten questions I am most often asked : a review of exhibitions and learning, 1981
Noodling around with exhibition opportunities : the potential meanings of exhibition modalities, 1991
Let's empower all those who have a stake in exhibitions : about the uses, meaning, and failings of the team approach, 1990
Reluctant recognition of the superstar : a paean to individual brilliance, and how it operates, 1992
A blurring of the boundaries, 1994
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum : history or metaphor? 1993
A Jew among the Indians : how working outside of one's own culture works, 1991
Repatriation in context : the important changes brought to museums by indigenous communities, 1991
Singing and dancing at night : a biographic meaning to working in the spiritual arena, 2004

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