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Global and World Art in the Practice of the University Museum

ISBN 9780367877040
Published June 30, 2020 by Routledge
210 Pages

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Book Description

Global and World Art in the Practice of the University Museum provides new thinking on exhibitions of global art and world art in relation to university museums.
Taking The Fowler Museum at UCLA, USA, as its central subject, this edited collection traces how university museum practices have expanded the understanding of the ‘art object’ in recent years. It is argued that the meaning of cultural objects infused with the heritage and identity of ‘global culture’ has been developed substantially through the innovative approaches of university scholars, museum curators, and administrators since the latter part of the twentieth century. Through exploring the ways in which universities and their museums have overseen changes in the global context for art, this edited collection initiates a larger dialogue and inquiry into the value and contribution of the empirical model.
The volume includes a full-colour photo essay by Marla C. Berns on the Fowler Museum’s ‘Fowler at Fifty’ project, as well as contributions from Donald Preziosi, Catherine M. Cole, Lothar von Falkenhausen, Claire Farago, Selma Holo, and Gemma Rodrigues. It is important reading for professionals, scholars and advanced students alike.

Table of Contents

Introduction. A Critical Conversation: Global/World Art and the University Museum

Jane Chin Davidson

1. Fowler at Fifty: Looking Back, Looking Forward Photographic Essay: Fowler at Fifty

Marla C. Berns

2. In the Light of the Fowler: Art, History, Museology, and…

Donald Preziosi

3. Global Art and World Art: an Update on Art and Anthropology in the University Museum

Jane Chin Davidson

4. African Art and Art History’s Global Turn

Gemma Rodrigues

5. East Asian Art History at UCLA: Its Development and Current Challenges

Lothar von Falkenhausen

6. Imagining Art History Otherwise

Claire Farago

7. Time Slip: Fiat Lux Redux/Remix as University-Museum Social Practice

Catherine M. Cole

8. Public Trust: The Museum and the University

Selma Holo with contributions from Jane Chin Davidson

9. Other Possible Worlds: The Global University Museum and Its Subjects

Sandra Esslinger

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Jane Chin Davidson is Associate Professor and Curator of Contemporary Art, Art History and Asian Art at California State University, San Bernardino, USA. Her research focuses on global exhibitions, transnational gender identity, and contemporary performance.

Sandra Esslinger received her PhD in Critical Theory and Modern Art History from UCLA, USA. Her research focuses on the History and Art of Nazi Germany, emphasizing the construction of national and cultural identities.


In the edited volume Global and World Art in the Practice of the University Museum, scholars Jane Chin Davidson and Sandra Esslinger share several essays that trace the role of university museums in developing new ways of thinking about art within a larger, global context. This framework acknowledges the complexity of contemporary geopolitical and social interfaces and how these affect the production and reception of works of art.

These essays would be a valuable addition to library collections and are most useful to museum professionals and scholars of museum studies; some essays are well suited for students in museum studies, curatorial studies, anthropology, and ethnic studies. Most essays will be more abstractly useful to those among the majority of practitioners who work with fewer resources or support to redress the museum industry’s participation in colonialization.

-Paul Baker Prindle, University of Nevada, Reno, writing for CAA Reviews