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Anthony Di Fiore, Chair SAC 4.102, Mailcode C3200 78712 • 512-471-4206

Spring 2009

ANT 325L • Cultural Heritage on Display

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
30390 MWF
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
GAR 1.126

Course Description

This course is designed to take you behind the scenes in the museum world to examine some of the issues and challenges facing museum exhibit curators, sponsors, donors, and visitors in representing global cultures anc communities in the 21st century. We will examine the changing roles of cultural and history exhibits and museums in today's world, and the different jobs they are asked to do--from collecting and preserving things--and sometimes people!-- to teaching and entertaining their audiences. Through discussions, readings, films, slides, and field trips, we will explore the question,


Readings will be selected from some or all of the following texts: a teacher-generated packet of articles; Ivan Karp and Stephen Lavine, eds.: Exhibiting Cultures: The Poetics and Politics of Museum Display Freund Thatcher: Objects of Desire: The Life of Antiques and Those Who Pursue Them Steven Conn, Museums and American Intellectual Life, 1876-1926. Sally Price: Primitive Art in Civilized Places Ruth B. Phillips and Christopher B. Steiner, eds, Unpacking Culture: Art and Commodity in Colonial and Post colonial Worlds. Steven Lubar and W. David Kingery, eds. History from Things: Essay on Material Culture.


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