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Exhibiting dilemmas : issues of representation at the Smithsonian

Author: Amy Henderson; Adrienne L Kaeppler
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Insitution Press, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : National government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 Dilemmas 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
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Material Type: Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Amy Henderson; Adrienne L Kaeppler
ISBN: 1560986905 9781560986904 1560984449 9781560984443
OCLC Number: 34598037
Description: vi, 285 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Exhibiting memories / Steven Lubar --
For museum audiences : the morning of a new day? / William H. Truettner --
Hope diamond : gem, jewel, and icon / Richard Kurin --
Herbert Ward's "ethnographic sculptures" of Africans / May Jo Arnoldi --
Capable of flight : the saga of the 1903 Wright airplane / Tom D. Crouch --
Crystal skulls and other problems : or, "don't look it in the eye" / Jane Maclaren Walsh --
Curating the recent past : the Woolworth lunch counter, Greensboro, North Carolina / William Yeinst and Lonnie G. Bunch --
Unstifled muse : the "All in the family" exhibit and popular culture at the National Museum of American History / Ellen Roney Hughes --
Zuni Archangels and Ahayu:da : a sculpted chronicle of power and identity / William W. Fitzhugh --
Ambassadors in sealskins : exhibiting Eskimos at the Smithsonian / William W. Fitzhugh --
Curators as agents of change : an insect zoo for the nineties / Sally Love --
Now for something completely different : reconstructing Duke Ellington's Beggar's Holiday for presentation in a museum setting / Dwight Blocker Bowers.
Responsibility: edited by Amy Henderson and Adrienne L. Kaeppler.

Abstract:

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 Dilemmas 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.

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