Exhibiting Cultures: The Poetics and Politics of Museum Display

Author: Ivan Karp, Steven Lavine

The book consists of a series of essays on the relationship between museum display and cultural identity. 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. The contributors—museum directors, curators, and scholars in art history, folklore, history, and anthropology—represent a variety of stances on the role of museums and their function as intermediaries between the makers of art or artifacts and the eventual viewers. (Description provided by Smithsonian Books.)

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Location Code: REF.EXC
Language: English
Published by: Smithsonian Institution Press
No. of Pages: 468
ISBN: 1560980206