Post critical museology [electronic resource] : theory and practice in the art museum / Andrew Dewdney, David Dibosa and Victoria Walsh.

by Dewdney, AndrewLooking glass; Dibosa, DavidLooking glass; Walsh, Victoria; EBSCO Publishing (Firm) [supplier.]Looking glass.

Publisher: London : Routledge, 2013.Description: 1 online resource (xi, 270 pages).ISBN: 0203084594; 1136192689.Subject(s): Art museumsLooking glass | Electronic booksLooking glass
Contents:
Pt. I. Policy, practice and theory in the art museum -- part II. Displaying the nation -- part III. Hypermodernity and the art museum.
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages [253]-263) and index. Summary: "Post Critical Museology examines the current status of learning and knowledge practices in the art museum and investigates how to understand the challenges presented by the visual cultures of global migration and new media. Locating its critique in a constructive relationship to international progressive museological thinking and practice, the book calls for a new alignment in what it announces as post-critical museology that is committed to rethinking what an art museum in the twenty-first century could be, as well as what knowledge and understanding its future practitioners might mobilize in a rapidly changing social and cultural context. The book is essential reading in the growing field of museum studies. It will also be of professional interest to all those working in the cultural sphere, including museum professionals, policy makers and art managers"-- Provided by publisher.Summary: "Post Critical Museology examines the current status of learning and knowledge practices in the art museum and investigates how to understand the challenges presented by the visual cultures of global migration and new media. The book locates the discussion of the future of the art museum in the realm of public participation and engagement with art and the museum. It provides a new analytical synthesis of the art museum through accounting for the agency of different communities of users and using theoretical approaches associated with science and technology studies. In the book's terms the art museum is continually made and remade through related networks and instead of an approach that starts with traditional hierarchies of cultural knowledge and value, it develops an analysis of the art museum in terms of an extended set of objects and performances and examines the points of relationship between them. In this way the book shows how the art museum in the first decade of the twenty-first century is no longer governed by the civic and civilizing mission of the nineteenth century, nor ruled by the logic of Modernist rationalism, but instead, can be seen as an institution seeking a new social role and identity and currently still struggling to understand and negotiate wider cultural signifying systems, government policy and market forces. Locating its critique in a constructive relationship to international progressive museological thinking and practice, the book calls for a new alignment in what it announces as post-critical museology. An alignment that is committed to rethinking what an art museum in the twenty-first century could be, as well as what knowledge and understanding its future practitioners might mobilize in a rapidly changing social and cultural context. The book aims to be essential reading in the growing field of museum studies. It will also be of professional interest to all those working in the cultural sphere, including museum professionals, policy makers and art managers. "-- Provided by publisher.Alternative form: Print version: 0415606004; Print version: 0415606012; Print version: 9780415606004; Print version: 9780415606011Online access: Read this e-book from EBSCO
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Post-Critical Museology considers what the role of the public and the experience of audiences means to the everyday work of the art museum. It does this from the perspectives of the art museum itself as well as from the visitors it seeks. Through the analysis of material gathered from a major collaborative research project carried out at Tate Britain in London the book develops a conceptual reconfiguration of the relationship between art, culture and society in which questions about the art museum's relationship to global migration and the new media ecologies are examined. It suggests that whilst European museums have previously been studied as institutions of collection, heritage and tradition, however 'modern' their focus, it is now better to consider them as distributive networks in which value travels along transmedial and transcultural lines.

Post-Critical Museology is intended as a contribution to progressive museological thinking and practice and calls for a new alignment of academics and professionals in what it announces as post-critical museology. An alignment that is committed to rethinking what an art museum in the twenty-first century could be, as well as what knowledge and understanding its future practitioners might draw upon in a rapidly changing social and cultural context. The book aims to be essential reading in the growing field of museum studies. It will also be of professional interest to all those working in the cultural sphere, including museum professionals, policy makers and art managers.

Includes bibliographical references (pages [253]-263) and index.

Pt. I. Policy, practice and theory in the art museum -- part II. Displaying the nation -- part III. Hypermodernity and the art museum.

"Post Critical Museology examines the current status of learning and knowledge practices in the art museum and investigates how to understand the challenges presented by the visual cultures of global migration and new media. Locating its critique in a constructive relationship to international progressive museological thinking and practice, the book calls for a new alignment in what it announces as post-critical museology that is committed to rethinking what an art museum in the twenty-first century could be, as well as what knowledge and understanding its future practitioners might mobilize in a rapidly changing social and cultural context. The book is essential reading in the growing field of museum studies. It will also be of professional interest to all those working in the cultural sphere, including museum professionals, policy makers and art managers"-- Provided by publisher.

"Post Critical Museology examines the current status of learning and knowledge practices in the art museum and investigates how to understand the challenges presented by the visual cultures of global migration and new media. The book locates the discussion of the future of the art museum in the realm of public participation and engagement with art and the museum. It provides a new analytical synthesis of the art museum through accounting for the agency of different communities of users and using theoretical approaches associated with science and technology studies. In the book's terms the art museum is continually made and remade through related networks and instead of an approach that starts with traditional hierarchies of cultural knowledge and value, it develops an analysis of the art museum in terms of an extended set of objects and performances and examines the points of relationship between them. In this way the book shows how the art museum in the first decade of the twenty-first century is no longer governed by the civic and civilizing mission of the nineteenth century, nor ruled by the logic of Modernist rationalism, but instead, can be seen as an institution seeking a new social role and identity and currently still struggling to understand and negotiate wider cultural signifying systems, government policy and market forces. Locating its critique in a constructive relationship to international progressive museological thinking and practice, the book calls for a new alignment in what it announces as post-critical museology. An alignment that is committed to rethinking what an art museum in the twenty-first century could be, as well as what knowledge and understanding its future practitioners might mobilize in a rapidly changing social and cultural context. The book aims to be essential reading in the growing field of museum studies. It will also be of professional interest to all those working in the cultural sphere, including museum professionals, policy makers and art managers. "-- Provided by publisher.

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Author notes provided by Syndetics

Andrew Dewdney is a professor of educational development at London South Bank University, and has been the Principal Investigator and Director of the Tate Encounters project, Head of the School of Film and Photography at Newport College of Art, and Director of Exhibition and Photography at the Watershed Media Centre in Bristol. His teaching focuses upon new media and visual culture, is co-author (with Peter Ride) of The New Media Handbook (Routledge, 2006).

David Dibosa is Course Director for MA Art Theory at Chelsea College of Art and Design in the University of the Arts London. His published work focuses on visual art and cultural difference, and includes 'Cultural Diversity: politics, policy and practices. The Case of Tate Encounters', with Andrew Dewdney and Victoria Walsh, in the edited collection, Museums, Equality and Social Justice (Routledge, 2012).

Victoria Walsh has worked in various senior research, curatorial and project management roles at Tate since 1994 and was Head of Adult Programmes at Tate Britain from 2005-11, as well as her work as an independent curator and consultant in the fields of Visual Arts and Architecture. Trained as an art historian, she holds various research and teaching positions within the UK and abroad and has published a number of titles on post-war British art.

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