Museum Frictions: Public Cultures/Global Transformations

Museum Frictions: Public Cultures/Global Transformations

By: Corinne A. Kratz (editor), Ivan Karp (editor), Lynn Szwaja (editor), Tomas Ybarra-Frausto (editor)Hardback

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Museum Frictions is the third volume in a bestselling series on culture, society, and museums. The first two volumes in the series, Exhibiting Cultures and Museums and Communities, have become defining books for those interested in the politics of museum display and heritage sites. Another classic in the making, Museum Frictions is a lavishly illustrated examination of the significant and varied effects of the increasingly globalized world on contemporary museum, heritage, and exhibition practice. The contributors-scholars, artists, and curators-present case studies drawn from Africa, Australia, North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Together they offer a multifaceted analysis of the complex roles that national and community museums, museums of art and history, monuments, heritage sites, and theme parks play in creating public cultures. Whether contrasting the transformation of Africa's oldest museum, the South Africa Museum, with one of its newest, the Lwandle Migrant Labor Museum; offering an interpretation of the audio guide at the Guggenheim Bilbao; reflecting on the relative paucity of art museums in Peru and Cambodia; considering representations of slavery in the United States and Ghana; or meditating on the ramifications of an exhibition of Australian aboriginal art at the Asia Society in New York City, the contributors highlight the frictions, contradictions, and collaborations emerging in museums and heritage sites around the world. The volume opens with an extensive introductory essay by Ivan Karp and Corinne A. Kratz, leading scholars in museum and heritage studies. Contributors. Tony Bennett, David Bunn, Gustavo Buntinx, Cuauhtemoc Camarena, Andrea Fraser, Martin Hall, Ivan Karp, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Corinne A. Kratz, Christine Mullen Kreamer, Joseph Masco, Teresa Morales, Howard Morphy, Ingrid Muan, Fred Myers, Ciraj Rassool, Vicente Razo, Fath Davis Ruffins, Lynn Szwaja, Krista A. Thompson, Leslie Witz, Tomas Ybarra-Frausto

About Author

Ivan Karp is National Endowment for the Humanities Professor and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Public Scholarship at Emory University. He has coedited numerous books, including Museums and Communities: The Politics of Public Culture and Exhibiting Cultures: The Poetics and Politics of Museum Display. Corinne A. Kratz is Professor of Anthropology and African Studies and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Public Scholarship at Emory University. She is the author of The Ones That Are Wanted: Communication and the Politics of Representation in a Photographic Exhibition. Lynn Szwaja is Program Director for Theology at the Henry Luce Foundation. Tomas Ybarra-Frausto was, until retirement in 2005, Associate Director for Creativity and Culture at the Rockefeller Foundation. In 1998, he was awarded the Joseph Henry Medal for "exemplary contributions to the Smithsonian Institution."


Foreword / Lynn Szwaja and Tomas Ybarra-Frausto xi Preface: Museum Frictions: A Project History / Ivan Karp and Corinne A. Kratz xv Introduction: Museum Frictions: Public Cultures/Global Transformations / Corinne A. Kratz and Ivan Karp 1 Part 1. Exhibitionary Complexes Exhibitionary Complexes / Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett 35 Exhibition, Difference, and the Logic of Culture / Tony Bennett 46 The Reappearance of the Authentic / Martin Hall 70 Document: 5:29:24 AM / Joseph Masco 102 Transforming Museums on Postapartheid Tourist Routes / Leslie Witz 107 Isn't This a Wonderful Place? (A Tour of a Tour of the Guggenheim Bilbao) / Andrea Fraser 135 World Heritage and Cultural Economics / Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett 161 Document: The U.S. Department of Retro, The Onion 203 Part 2. Tactical Museologies Tactical Museologies / Gustavo Buntinx and Ivan Karp 207 Communities of Sense/Communities of Sentiment: Globalization and the Museum Void in an Extreme Periphery / Gustavo Buntinx 219 Document: Declaration on the Importance and Value of Universal Museums 247 Document: Art Museums and the International Exchange of Cultural Artifacts, Association of Art Museum Directors 250 Document: Museo Salinas: A Proactive Space Within the Legal Frame, Some Words from the Director, Vicente Razo 253 Musings on Museums from Phnom Penh / Ingrid Muan 257 Community Museums, Memory Politics, and Social Transformation in South Africa: Histories, Possibilities, and Limits / Ciraj Rassool 286 Community Museums and Global Connections: The Union of Community Museums in Oaxaca / Cuauhtemoc Camarena and Teresa Morales 322 Part 3. Remapping the Museum Remapping the Museum / Corinne A. Kratz and Ciraj Rassool 347 The Museum Outdoors: Heritage, Cattle, and Permeable Borders in the Southwestern Kruger National Park / David Bunn 357 Document: Baghdad Lions to Be Relocated to South Africa 392 Revisiting the Old Plantation: Reparations, Reconciliation, and Museumizing American Slavery / Fath Davis Ruffins 394 Shared Heritage, Contested Terrain: Cultural Negotiation and Ghana's Cape Coast Castle Museum Exhibition "Crossroads of People, Crossroads of Trade" / Christine Mullen Kreamer 435 Sites of Persuasion: Yingapungapu at the National Museum of Australia / Howard Morphy 469 Document: Destroying While Preserving Junkanoo: The Junkanoo Museum in the Bahamas / Krista A. Thompson 500 The Complicity of Cultural Production: The Contingencies of Performance in Globalizing Museum Practices / Fred Myers 504 Bibliography 537 Contributors 577 Index 583

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  • ISBN13: 9780822338789
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 632
  • ID: 9780822338789
  • weight: 957
  • ISBN10: 0822338785

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