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Civilizing the museum : the collected writings of Elaine Heumann Gurian

Author: Elaine Heumann Gurian
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Written over a thirty-five year career, the essays in Civilizing the Museum introduce students to the powerful, sometimes contested, and often unrealized notion that museums should welcome all because they house the collective memory of all. Drawing on her experience working in and with museums in the US and throughout the world, Author Elaine Heumann Gurian explores the possibilities for making museums more  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Elaine Heumann Gurian
ISBN: 0415357667 0415357624 9780415357661 9780415357623
OCLC Number: 60881613
Description: xix, 217 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : reflections on 35 years in the museum field --
1. The concept of fairness : a debate at the American Association of Museums, 1990 --
2. The importance of "and" : a comment on excellence and equity, 1992 --
3. The molting of children's museums? : an observation, 1998 --
4. What is the object of this exercise? : a meandering exploration of the many meanings of objects in museums, 1999 --
5. Choosing among the options : an opinion about museum definitions, 2002 --
6. Timeliness : a discussion for museums, 2003 --
7. The museum as a socially responsible institution, 1988 --
8. Turning the ocean liner slowly : about the process of change in larger institutions, 1990 --
9. The opportunity for social service, 1991.
Responsibility: Elaine Heumann Gurian.
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Features essays that introduce students to the notion that museums should welcome all because they house the collective memory of all. This book explores the possibilities for making museums more  Read more...

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'Reading this book is like watching a time-lapse film, probably animated, of museums as seen from the inside. Gurian has collected her essays and past speeches into five broad discussions, each Read more...

 
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