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Presenting Other - Petrillo 1 Neale Petrillo Professor Ganis WLLS 101-2 25 November 2007 Presenting Other Cultures Americans have a fascination

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Petrillo 1 Neale Petrillo Professor Ganis WLLS 101-2 25 November 2007 Presenting Other Cultures Americans have a fascination with other cultures; we fervently gather artifacts and artwork from civilizations long since devoured by time. We lock these objects behind massive display cases, herald them as masterpieces, and often wonder why nothing like them exists in the modern age. Objects from the past are exalted and held in the highest esteem but, does this process truly capture the original creator's intention? Is something lost in presentation when an object is placed on par with a piece of art? What about those suggestions given to us by the museum staff as to how past cultures viewed art and used artifacts; does this process of removing the imagination detract from the object or serve to enhance it? Both the Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York and the Ganondagan State Historic Site in victor, New York deal with these issues. However, each site goes about dealing with presentation in different ways. Ganondagan, for example forgoes the use of "little white signs" and leans toward a "hands-on" approach. Upon first entering the Ganondagan site a visitor enters the "Visitors' Center." Here, one watches a brief movie on the history of the Ganondagan site and the Iroquois Confederacy. This movie sets the tone for the trip; a visitor acquires the perception that
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course WLLS 101-2 taught by Professor Ganis during the Fall '08 term at Wells.

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Presenting Other - Petrillo 1 Neale Petrillo Professor Ganis WLLS 101-2 25 November 2007 Presenting Other Cultures Americans have a fascination

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