History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

ARTH 394: The Museum

ARTH 394-001: The Museum
(Spring 2017)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W

Enterprise Hall 173

Section Information for Spring 2017

This course will introduce students to the history and practices of art museums, taking advantage of the superb museums in the Washington, DC area. Through our readings, discussions, and museum visits, we will learn about museum history, operations, careers, ethical issues and current controversies. The class will also review the intersection of new technologies and museum collections, exploring the use of 3-D laser scanning and printing. Readings will also introduce issues of cultural representation as expressed through museum exhibitions. The course will end with a consideration of international law regarding collecting, UNESCO’s World Heritage program, and cultural property management worldwide. Several museum visits are required for this course.

Satisfies the general education requirement in systhesis.

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Examines history, theory, practice, ethics, and current problems of collecting and displaying art and artifacts to the public. Emphasizes issues central to museums in Washington, D.C., or museums in other locations; focus varies with instructor. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Synthesis
Recommended Prerequisite: 6 credits in art history at the 300-level and completion or concurrent enrollment in ENGH 302.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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