Rethinking the Museum and Other Meditations

Rethinking the Museum and Other Meditations

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In these 19 insightful and frequently witty meditations, Stephen E. Weil examines the purposes and functions of the museum in the late 20th century, proposing museums make encounters with a variety of visitors more central to their operation.

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ISBN-13: 9780874749533
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date: 05/17/1990
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 173
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Stephen Weil was Deputy Director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution. He served as Adminstrator of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City (1967-1974) and is a member of the New York bar. He was coauthor of the award-winning treatise Art Law and author of the widely acclaimed Beauty and the Beasts (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1983).

Table of Contents

Part 1 I. Rethinking the Museum Chapter 2 1. Enough Museums? (1983) Chapter 3 2. Fighting Off Some Dry Rot, Woodworm, and Damp (1985) Chapter 4 3. A Meditation on Small and Large Museums (1987) Chapter 5 4. The Proper Business of the Museum: Ideas or Things? (1988) Chapter 6 5. Rethinking the Museum: An Emerging New Paradigm (1990) Part 7 II. Museum Management: Workers, Collections, and Other Concerns Chapter 8 6. The Well-Managed Museum (1989) Chapter 9 7. In Pursuit of a Profession: The Status of Museum Work in America (1987) Chapter 10 8. Coleman's Vision of the Museum Worker: Is it Still Valid Today? (1989) Chapter 11 9. The More Effective Director: Specialist or Generalist? (1987) Chapter 12 10. Deaccession Practices in American Museums (1986) Chapter 13 11. Deaccessioning Modern and Contemporary Art: Some Notes on the American Experience (1989) Chapter 14 12. Too Much Art? (1989) Chapter 15 13. The Museum Management Institute: Its Genesis and Early Years (1985) Chapter 16 14. Review: The Arts and Public Policy in the United States (1985) Part 17 III. Repose and Other Brief Legal Notes Chapter 18 15. Repose (1987) (Afterword: Guggenheim Extract from the 1989 Litigation Update) Chapter 19 16. Who Owns the Nataraja? (1989) Chapter 20 17. Legal Aspects of the Display of Imitations (1985) Chapter 21 18. A Meditation on Work (1985) Chapter 22 19. Art, Law, and Utopia (1983)

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