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The Contemporary Museum

Shaping Museums for the Global Now, 1st Edition

Edited by Simon Knell

Routledge

238 pages

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Description

The Contemporary Museum issues a challenge to those who view the museum as an artefact of history, constrained in its outlook as much by professional, institutional and disciplinary creed, as by the collections it accumulated in the distant past. Denying that the museum can locate its purpose in the pursuit of tradition or in idealistic speculation about the future, the book asserts that this can only be found through an ongoing and proactive negotiation with the present: the contemporary.

This volume is not concerned with any present, but with the peculiar circumstances of what it refers to as the ‘global contemporary’ – the sense of living in a globally connected world that is preoccupied with the contemporary. To situate the museum in this world of real and immediate need and action, beyond the reach of history, the book argues, is to empower it to challenge existing dogmas and inequalities and sweep aside old hierarchies. As a result, fundamental questions need to be asked about such things as the museum’s relationship to global time and space, to systems and technologies of knowing, to ‘the life well lived’, to the movement and rights of people, and to the psychology, permanence and organisation of culture.

Incorporating diverse viewpoints from around the world, The Contemporary Museum is a follow-up volume to Museum Revolutions and, as such, should be essential reading for students in the fields of museum and heritage studies, cultural studies, communication and media studies, art history and social policy. Academics and museum professionals will also find this book a source of inspiration.

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Figures

List of Plates

Notes on Contributors

Preface

 

Introduction

Museums for the global contemporary

PART I: A WORLD OF EQUALS

1

Modernisms

Curating art’s past in the global present

Simon Knell

2

Indigenisation

Reconceptualising museology

Conal McCarthy

3

Islam

Islamic art, the Islamic world – and museums

John Reeve

4

Xenophobia

Museums, refugees and fear of the other

Andrea Witcomb

5

Diplomacy

Museums and international exhibitions

Da Kong

PART II: PRESENT PASTS

6

Transience

Curating ephemeral art

Stacy Boldrick

7

Performances

Contemporary encounters in historic spaces

Romina Delia

8

Transhistoricism

Using the past to critique the present

Annette Loeseke

9

Pasts

Authoring national histories in the contemporary city

Cintia Velázquez Marroni

PART III: WHO WE ARE

10

Disability

Museums and our understandings of difference

Richard Sandell

11

Contact

Framing prostitution in a city museum

Annemarie de Wildt

12

Small wins

Tactics for the contemporary museum

Viviane Gosselin

13

Anxiety

Unease in the museum

Jennifer Walklate

About the Editor

Simon Knell is Professor of Museum Studies and the senior academic in School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester. He has also acted as Head of Department and Dean of Arts.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART059000
ART / Museum Studies
BUS100000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Museum Administration & Museology
LAN025000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Library & Information Science / General
SOC003000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology