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Rethinking the Museum and Other Meditations

Written by Stephen E. Weil


Format: eBook
On Sale: December 17, 2014
Price: $24.95

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. Read more >
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Reflections of a Culture Broker
A View from the Smithsonian
Written by Richard Kurin


Format: eBook
On Sale: December 10, 2014
Price: $27.95

Is culture brokered like stocks, real estate, or marriage? In this engaging book, Richard Kurin shows that cultures are also mediated and indeed brokered by countries, organizations, communities, and individuals -- all with their own vision of the truth and varying abilities to impose it on others. Drawing on his diverse... Read more >
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Treasures from the Smithsonian Engagement Calendar 2015
Treasures from the Smithsonian Engagement Calendar 2015
Written by Smithsonian Institution
Format: Non-traditional book
ISBN: 9781588344632
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Treasures from the Smithsonian Engagement Calendar 2015

Written by Smithsonian Institution


Format: Non-traditional book, 124 pages
On Sale: July 22, 2014
Price: $13.99

Treasures from the Smithsonian Institution 2015 Engagement Calendar highlights a spectacular array of riches from the Smithsonian's nineteen museums and galleries, in addition to entries from the National Zoological Park and Smithsonian research centers. Each spread features a full-color photograph of an object from the Smithsonian's vast holdings along with detailed... Read more >
Critical Issues in Public Art
Content, Context, and Controversy
Written by Harriet Senie


Format: eBook, 336 pages
On Sale: July 15, 2014
Price: $27.95

In this groundbreaking anthology, twenty-two artists, architects, historians, critics, curators, and philosophers explore the role of public art in creating a national identity, contending that each work can only be understood by analyzing the context in which it is commissioned, built, and received. They emphasize the historical continuum between traditional works... Read more >
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From Knowledge to Narrative
Educators and the Changing Museum
Written by Lisa Roberts


Format: eBook, 216 pages
On Sale: July 15, 2014
Price: $18.95

From Knowledge to Narrative shows that museum educators—professionals responsible for making collections intelligble to viewers—have become central figures in shaping exhibits. Challenging the traditional, scholarly presentation of objects, educators argue that, rather than transmitting knowledge, museums' displays should construct narratives that are determined as much by what is meaningful to visitors... Read more >
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The Museum in Transition
A Philosophical Perspective
Written by Hilde S. Hein


Format: eBook, 220 pages
On Sale: July 15, 2014
Price: $17.95

During the past thirty years, museums of all kinds have tried to become more responsive to the interests of a diverse public. With exhibitions becoming people-centered, idea-oriented, and contextualized, the boundaries between museums and the “real” world are eroding. Setting the transition from object-centered to story-centered exhibitions in a philosophical framework... Read more >
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Legacies
Collecting America's History at the Smithsonian
Written by Steven Lubar and Kathleen M. Kendrick


Format: eBook, 256 pages
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Price: $39.95

The Smithsonian Institution has been America's museum since 1846. What do its vast collections -- from the ruby slippers to a piece of Plymouth Rock, first ladies' gowns to patchwork quilts, a Model T Ford to a customized Ford LTD low rider -- tell Americans about themselves? In this lavishly illustrated... Read more >
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Analyzing Art and Aesthetics

Edited by Anne Collins Goodyear and Margaret A. Weitekamp


Format: eBook, 404 pages
On Sale: October 30, 2013
Price: $49.95

This ninth volume of the Artefacts series explores how artists have responded to developments in science and technology, past and present. Rather than limiting the discussion to art alone, editors Anne Collins Goodyear and Margaret Weitekamp also asked contributors to consider aesthetics: the scholarly consideration of sensory responses to cultural objects... Read more >
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Best of Both Worlds
Museums, Libraries, and Archives in the Digital Age
Written by G. Wayne Clough


Format: eBook, 78 pages
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $0.00

Wayne Clough, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, asks “How can we prepare ourselves to reach the generation of digital natives who bring a huge appetite—and aptitude—for the digital world?” He explains how the Smithsonian is tackling this issue in Best of Both Worlds: Museums, Libraries, and Archives in a Digital Age.

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Domesticating History
The Political Origins of America's House Museums
Written by Patricia West


Format: eBook, 256 pages
On Sale: September 3, 2013
Price: $27.95

Celebrating the lives of famous men and women, historic house museums showcase restored rooms and period furnishings, and portray in detail their former occupants' daily lives. But behind the gilded molding and curtain brocade lie the largely unknown, politically charged stories of how the homes were first established as museums. Focusing... Read more >
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Museums and Communities
The Politics of Public Culture
Edited by Ivan Karp, Christine Mullen Kreamer and Steven Levine


Format: eBook, 624 pages
On Sale: September 3, 2013
Price: $28.95

Contributors to this volume examine and illustrate struggles and collaborations among museums, festivals, tourism, and historic preservation projects and the communities they represent and serve. Essays include the role of museums in civil society, the history of African-American collections, and experiments with museum-community dialogue about the design of a multicultural society... Read more >
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Museum Governance
Mission, Ethics, Policy
Written by Marie Malaro


Format: eBook, 192 pages
On Sale: July 9, 2013
Price: $27.95

In Museum Governance, Marie Malaro addresses a range of issues facing museum administrators and trustees, arguing they can handle their duties intelligently only if they understand two points—why our country sustains a nonprofit sector and what constitutes trusteeship. Armed with this knowledge, trustees can sort out knotty problems relating to corporate... Read more >
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History from Things
Essays on Material Culture
Edited by Stephen Lubar and David W. Kingery


Format: eBook, 320 pages
On Sale: June 4, 2013
Price: $19.95

   History from Things explores the many ways objects—defined broadly to range from Chippendale tables and Italian Renaissance pottery to seventeenth-century parks and a New England cemetery—can reconstruct and help reinterpret the past. Eighteen essays describe how to “read” artifacts, how to “listen to” landscapes and locations, and how to apply methods... Read more >
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Analyzing Art and Aesthetics
Analyzing Art and Aesthetics
Edited by Anne Collins Goodyear and Margaret A. Weitekamp
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781935623137
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Analyzing Art and Aesthetics

Edited by Anne Collins Goodyear and Margaret A. Weitekamp


Format: Hardcover, 312 pages
On Sale: April 16, 2013
Price: $49.95

This ninth volume of the Artefacts series explores how artists have responded to developments in science and technology, past and present. Rather than limiting the discussion to art alone, editors Anne Collins Goodyear and Margaret Weitekamp also asked contributors to consider aesthetics: the scholarly consideration of sensory responses to cultural objects... Read more >
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A Legal Primer on Managing Museum Collections, Third Edition

Written by Marie C. Malaro and Ildiko DeAngelis


Format: eBook, 540 pages
On Sale: May 8, 2012
Price: $47.95

Hailed when it was first published in 1985 as the bible of U.S. collections management, A Legal Primer on Managing Museum Collections offers the only comprehensive discussion of the legal questions faced by museums regarding collections. This revised and expanded third edition addresses the many legal developments—including a comprehensive discussion of... Read more >
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A Legal Primer on Managing Museum Collections, Third Edition
A Legal Primer on Managing Museum Collections, Third Edition
Written by Marie C. Malaro and Ildiko DeAngelis
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781588343222
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A Legal Primer on Managing Museum Collections, Third Edition

Written by Marie C. Malaro and Ildiko DeAngelis


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
On Sale: May 8, 2012
Price: $47.95

Hailed when it was first published in 1985 as the bible of U.S. collections management, A Legal Primer on Managing Museum Collections offers the only comprehensive discussion of the legal questions faced by museums regarding collections. This revised and expanded third edition addresses the many legal developments—including a comprehensive discussion of... Read more >
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Conservation Concerns
A Guide for Collectors and Curators
Written by Konstanze Bachmann


Format: eBook, 160 pages
On Sale: January 11, 2012
Price: $16.95

Written in accessible, nontechnical language, this book's twenty-three essays provide invaluable conservation guidelines for a variety of materials and media. Focusing also on proper storage techniques and environmental control, contributors offer information on emergency planning, disaster management, and identifying damages that may require professional treatment.


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Exhibiting Cultures
The Poetics and Politics of Museum Display
Written by Ivan Karp


Format: eBook, 480 pages
On Sale: January 11, 2012
Price: $24.95

Debating the practices of museums, galleries, and festivals, Exhibiting Cultures probes the often politically charged relationships among aesthetics, contexts, and implicit assumptions that govern how art and artifacts are displayed and understood. The contributors—museum directors, curators, and scholars in art history, folklore, history, and anthropology—represent a variety of stances on the... Read more >
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Making Museums Matter

Written by Stephen Weil


Format: eBook, 288 pages
On Sale: January 11, 2012
Price: $18.95

In this volume of 29 essays, Weil's overarching concern is that museums be able to “earn their keep”—that they make themselves matter—in an environment of potentially shrinking resources. Also included in this collection are reflections on the special qualities of art museums, an investigation into the relationship of current copyright law... Read more >
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Colin De Land, American Fine Arts
Colin De Land, American Fine Arts
Written by Dennis Balk
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781576874257
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Colin De Land, American Fine Arts

Written by Dennis Balk


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
On Sale: May 6, 2008
Price: $45.00

Within the international art world, American Fine Arts, Co., Colin de Land Fine Art was a gallery known equally for its anti-commercial, risk-taking practices and for its charismatic owner, who championed a perennially marginalized discourse that critiqued the status quo of gallery practice. Culled from de Land’s extensive archive, Colin de... Read more >
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