Museums and the Interpretation of Visual Culture
By Eilean Hooper-Greenhill Copyright 2000
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This is a multi-disciplinary study that adopts an innovative and original approach to a highly topical question, that of meaning-making in museums, focusing its attention on pedagogy and visual culture.
This work explores such questions as:
- How and why is it that museums select and arrange artefacts, shape knowledge, construct a view?
- How do museums produce values?
- How do active audiences make meaning from what they experience in museums?
This stimulating book provokes debate and discussion on these topics and puts forward the idea of a new museum - the post-museum, which will challenge the familiar modernist museum. A must for students and professionals in the field.
1 Culture and meaning in the museum 2 Picturing the ancestors and imagining the nation: the collections of the first decade of the National Portrait Gallery London 3 Speaking for herself? Hinemihi and her discourses, 4 Words and things: constructing narratives, constructing the self, 5 Objects and interpretive processes, 6 Exhinitions and interpretation: museum pedagogy and cultural change, 7 The rebirth of the museum.