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Art and Its Publics Museum Studies at the Millennium by Andrew McClellan

Art and Its Publics Museum Studies at the Millennium

Part of the New Interventions in Art History Series


Art and Its Publics Museum Studies at the Millennium by Andrew McClellan

Bringing together essays by museum professionals and academics from both sides of the Atlantic, Art and its Publics tackles current issues confronting the museum community and seeks to further the debate between theory and practice around the most pressing of contemporary concerns. Brings together essays that focus on the interface between the art object, its site of display, and the viewing public. Tackles issues confronting the museum community and seeks to further the debate between theory and practice. Presents a cross-section of contemporary concerns with contributions from museum professionals as well as academics. Part of the New Interventions in Art History series, published in conjunction with the Association of Art Historians.


This book deserves a place on the museum--studies reading list and on the bookshelf of anyone seriously interested in the cultural place of museums today. Its lucid, observant essays take an informed look at a now ubiquitous institution, offering new points of view about the nature of the museum experience. Art and its Publics provides a welcome corrective to the presumption that art museums are monolithic institutions that narrowly control the perceptions and discussions of their visitors. Diana Strazdes, University of California, Davis Art and its Publics launches a much--needed exploration of arta s audiences beginning with McClellana s 'A Brief History of the Art Museum Public,
an essay which is well worth the booka s price alone. Jeffrey Abt, Wayne State University A stimulating and provocative review of the range of diverse exhibition strategies used by art museum curators as they endeavor to engage multiple audiences in different aspects of art. Eilean Hooper

--Greenhill, University of Leicester

About the Author

Andrew McClellan is Associate Professor of Art History at Tufts University. He is author of Inventing the Louvre: Art, Politics, and the Origins of the Modern Museum in Eighteenth-century Paris (1999).

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Publication date

25th March 2003


Andrew McClellan

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Blackwell Publishers an imprint of John Wiley and Sons Ltd


236 pages


The arts: general issues
Museology & heritage studies



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