ARTH 394: The Museum

ARTH 394-001: The Museum
(Spring 2023)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM T

Aquia Building 347

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Section Information for Spring 2023

This course will examine the history of the museum as an institution from its origins among semi-private collections to its emergence as a highly visible global practice. How and why did museums come into being? What ideologies guide their priorities and what audiences do they serve? In addition to considering the historical development of the museum we will also explore the complex issues that these institutions generate. In particular, questions of nationhood, repatriation, forgery, and funding will guide our analysis. This is a seminar-style course, so assignments will consist mainly of writing assignments, class participation, and in-class presentations. The course will require a museum visit. 

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. Limited to three attempts.
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
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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