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Exhibiting Cultures: The Politics and Practices of Museum Display G6353 Mondays 3:00-6:00, Schermerhorn Ext. 951 Instructor: Dr. Erin Hasinoff elh2005@columbia.edu Office hours: Mondays 2:00-3:00, 6:00- 7:00 (by appointment only) TA: Felipe Gaitan Ammann fg2112@columbia.edu Office hours: Mondays 2:00-3:00 Design consultant: Tim Wintemberg, Director of Exhibition Design, Newark Museum twintemberg@newarkmusem.org Jan Yoors Archive: Kore Yoors yoorsa@verizon.net Website: www.janyoors.com Through the study of art, ethnographic, and social history exhibitions, this course introduces a series of discussions about the representation of culture in museums and the politics of cultural heritage. We focus on contemporary global examples of exhibitions drawn from literature in anthropology, archaeology, and museum studies, which trace the museum as a vital site for the expression of national, group and individual identities, and as a unique place of performance and consumption. We look at a range of issues from the diverse and often conflicting perspectives of museum practitioners, critics, and audiences. Through weekly readings and structured conversations we probe the decisions involved in how museums and exhibits are designed, what messages they convey, and what makes them effective. We also consider some of the limitations of museums, and how they can become flashpoints of controversy. Attention is given to developing a critical awareness of the politics of displaying culture, and to the techniques of planning, designing, and mounting exhibitions. All students will continue to collaborate on an exhibition of Jan Yoor’s (1922-1977) New York photography, which will be installed in the Atrium of the School for International and Public Affairs on May 3, 2010. Tim Wintemberg will offer guest lectures and work closely with students on the exhibition design, and produce final text and exhibition layout. This exhibition is sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, East Central European Center, School for International and Public Affairs, and Jan Yoors Archive. Columbia University Printers will do all printing. Class format: Classes will be conducted as a seminar; they will consist of a structured conversation about the assigned weekly readings and discussions about the Yoors’ exhibition design.
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Each week, one to two students will lead a discussion about the key themes, dilemmas, and arguments presented in the assigned readings as they relate to aspects of the class’s exhibition design project. The Discussion leader(s) will email five analytical questions (each) to the instructor and students no later than 5 p.m. on the Friday before class . This will give all course participants adequate time to review the questions, and to come to class prepared to discuss them and other issues that emerge from the readings. The class will work on the Jan Yoors exhibition and there will be weekly assignments
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