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Title Curatorial dreams : critics imagine exhibitions / edited by Shelley Ruth Butler and Erica Lehrer.
Imprint Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2016.

Subject Museums -- Philosophy.
Museum exhibits -- Philosophy.
Museum techniques -- Philosophy.
Alt Name Butler, Shelley, 1964-
Lehrer, Erica T,
Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "Curatorial Dreams: Critics Imagine Exhibitions engages museological theory and practice in an innovative and creative manner by asking scholars to propose and conceptualize exhibitions inspired by their critical concerns and substantive research. The 14 authors in Curatorial Dreams share a commitment to translating critical academic theory about society, culture, and history into broadly accessible imagined exhibitions, offering concrete, imaginative projects designed for particular museums and other sites of display which distill their concerns materially for non-specialist visitors. In doing so, the volume addresses the tensions and conflicts existing between academic museum studies and practical public museology. Museum criticism is rarely constructive: its driving concern is to find fault with exhibitions. Such critiques often threaten and alienate practitioners, who must negotiate historical legacies as well as practical and political constraints, even as they work to innovate. While the deconstructive critique of museums remains relevant, Curatorial Dreams builds upon the sense of optimism expressed by many museum professionals regarding museums' potential to contribute to an inclusive and enriching public shere."-- Provided by publisher.
"The volume explores the value of curatorial dreaming as an intellectual exercise in humanities and social science scholarship, presents this way of translating theory into practice as a form of public scholarship, and shows how exhibitions can be a method for conducting reflexive, participatory research and crowd-sourced exhibition criticism."-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Introduction: Curatorial Dreaming / Shelley Ruth Butler and Erica Lehrer -- Making Transparency Visible: Centre William Rappard, Headquarters of the World Trade Organization, Geneva / George E. Marcus -- Most Disturbing Souvenirs: Curative Museology in a Cultural Conflict Zone / Erica Lehrer -- The Alchemy of Flight: Race, Mobility, Humanity / Chandra D. Bhimull -- By and For Children: History and Healing in a Hospital Museum, KwaZulu-Natal / Monica Eileen Patterson -- Frozen World/Mundo Congelado: AIDS, Chicano Art, and the Queer Remains of Mundo Meza / Robb Hern√°ndez -- The Play: Reassembling African Arts in the West / Joshua I. Cohen -- But Is It Art?: Not Really / Matti Bunzl --Intervention/Resurrection: Intergenerational Activations of La Cueca Sola / Lissette Olivares and Lucian Gomoll -- The Terrible Gift: Difficult Memories for the Twenty-First Century / Roger I. Simon -- Reading the World: Native Histories at the Bosque Redondo Memorial, New Mexico / Margaret A. Lindauer -- The World in One City: The Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam / Serena Iervolino and Richard Sandell -- Museum without Walls: After Into the Heart of Africa / Shelley Ruth Butler -- abNormal: Bodies in Medicine and Culture / Manon Parry -- Reel Objects: Movies in Museums / Janice Baker -- Afterword / Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett.
ISBN 9780773598546 (pdf)
9780773598553 (epub)
OCLC # 935108326
Additional Format Curatorial dreams.: Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, [2016] ©2016 (CaOONL)20159083850 (OCoLC)935108325

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