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Inside the lost museum : curating, past and present / Steven Lubar.

Publication | Not Digitized | Library Call Number: AM111 .L83 2017

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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 Museum explores those choices, and the processes--from donation to purchase to expedition--that shape collections. Once collected, museum objects are numbered, cataloged, and conserved, and sometimes deaccessioned--processes that have their own hows and whys. Museums display art and artifact in many ways, from dioramas and period rooms to paintings on white walls and visual storage. Inside the Lost Museums reveals the meanings of those choices, and the ways that they have changed and continue to change, shaped by new technologies and ideologies. It also argues for the the value of museum collections for research, teaching, and community-building. Woven through Inside the Lost Museum is the story of the Jenks Museum of Brown University, a nineteenth-century museum of natural history, anthropology and "curiosities" that disappeared a century ago. The Jenks Museum's history, and a recent effort to re-imagine that museum as art, science and history, serves as a framework for understanding museums' long record of usefulness and service. Inside the Lost Museum considers the lessons museum history holds for museums today and tomorrow.-- Provided by publisher.
    Format
    Book
    Author/Creator
    Lubar, Steven D., author.
    Published
    Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : Harvard University Press, [2017]
    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.
    Part IV. Use
    What use is a museum?
    Museums make communities
    Learning from things
    Teaching with things
    The promise of museums
    Coda: Consider.
    Notes
    Includes bibliographical references and index.
    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. -- Part IV. Use -- What use is a museum? -- Museums make communities -- Learning from things -- Teaching with things -- The promise of museums -- Coda: Consider.

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    English
    ISBN
    9780674971042
    0674971043
    Physical Description
    viii, 408 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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