wk 15B Museum representation

wk 15B Museum representation - The Museum Effect Tendency...

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The Museum Effect Tendency to isolate something from its world, to offer it up for attentive looking Apparatus of Power. By appearing to be ‘neutral” museums wield power in convincing their audiences of the underlying messages they portray both in the selection of objects, the text, and the mode of display
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Anthropology: Began as an Object-based Discipline American Anthropology began as an object- based discipline Anthropological collections were the basis of great early museums of natural history 19th c: The study and presentation of other cultures occupied one branch of natural history Anthropological objects were expected to function in same metonymic way that natural history objects did Objects stood for cultural wholes
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Museum Exhibitions Exhibition=A Forum for the re- presentation of others’ experiences What do Exhibitions Re-present? Exhibition= a display of objects Exhibition = a space for telling a story
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Exhibition: Component Parts Maker/User of Objects Exhibitors of made objects Viewers of objects All work together to influence the visitor experience and the exhibit message
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Ethnic Exhibitions: Standard Modes of Display Objects of Art Meta-narrative: Art transcends cultural constructs and is “universal.” Emphasis is on “creative genius” of the artist, as defined in Western terms Cultural and Historical context is disregarded Objects of Ethnography Meta-narrative: Non-Western artifacts presented as “saved from a vanishing past>”
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This note was uploaded on 08/28/2009 for the course ANT 302 taught by Professor Seriff during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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wk 15B Museum representation - The Museum Effect Tendency...

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