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Inside the lost museum : curating, past and present

Author: Steven D Lubar
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For more than two centuries museums have preserved art, artifacts, and natural specimens, engaged and educated the public, and provided resources for research in areas from art history to zoology. Inside the Lost Museum explains the work of museums--collecting, preserving, displaying, and using collections--by considering their remarkable history. Museums make choices about what's worth saving. Inside the Lost  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Steven D Lubar
ISBN: 9780674982901 0674982908
OCLC Number: 995358697
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 408 pages)
Contents: Introduction: Explore --
Part I. Collect: Why collect? --
Collectable --
Acquisitions --
In the field --
Who collects? --
Part II. Preserve: Into the storeroom --
Paperwork --
The ethics of objects --
Part III. Display: Objects, stories and visitors --
Objects on display --
Organizations and juxtapositions --
Explanations and encounters --
Setting the scene --
Turned inside out: visible storage --
Part IV. Use: What use is a museum? --
Museums make communities --
Learning from things --
Teaching with things --
The promise of museums --
Coda: Consider.
Responsibility: Steven Lubar.

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Gives readers a privileged peek into the storerooms, boardrooms, and curatorial offices of many storied institutions. In doing so, the book offers a scholarly snapshot of the role that museums have Read more...

 
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