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Do museums still need objects?

Author: Steven Conn
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2010.
Series: Arts and intellectual life in modern America.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Conn ranges across a wide variety of museum types--from art and anthropology to science and commercial museums--asking questions about the relationship between museums and knowledge, about the connection between culture and politics, about the role of museums in representing non-Western societies, and about public institutions and the changing nature of their constituencies.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Conn
ISBN: 9780812241907 0812241908 9780812221558 0812221559
OCLC Number: 317623331
Description: 262 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Thinking about museums --
Do museums still need objects? --
Whose objects? Whose culture? The contexts of repatriation --
Where is the East? --
Where have all the grown-ups gone? --
The birth and the death of a museum --
Museums, public space, and civic identity.
Series Title: Arts and intellectual life in modern America.
Responsibility: Steven Conn.

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In this broadly conceived study Steven Conn examines the development of American museums across the twentieth century with a historian's attention and a critic's eye. He focuses on an array of museum  Read more...

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