Exhibiting Cultures: The Politics and Practices of Museum
Mondays 3:00-6:00, Schermerhorn Ext. 951
Instructor: Dr. Erin Hasinoff
Mondays 2:00-3:00, 6:00-
7:00 (by appointment only)
TA: Felipe Gaitan Ammann
Office hours: Mondays 2:00-3:00
Design consultant: Tim Wintemberg,
Director of Exhibition Design, Newark
Jan Yoors Archive: Kore Yoors
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.
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.
consider some of the limitations of museums, and how they can become flashpoints of
Attention is given to developing a critical awareness of the politics of
displaying culture, and to the techniques of planning, designing, and mounting
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
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.
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.