ARTH 594: The Museum

ARTH 594-001: The Museum
(Spring 2020)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W

Nguyen Engineering Building 1107

Section Information for Spring 2020

This course will focus on the emergence and development of museums in the western world; the role of museums in social, educational, and political life; and the history and theory of collecting. We often think of museums as neutral institutions with a purely educational purpose, but we will see that throughout the modern era they have been associated with political and social messages as well. What are the origins of the modern museum? Where do the pieces in museums come from and to whom do they belong? What kinds of narratives have museums created and reinforced in their visitors? What happens to an object when it is removed from its context and placed in a museum? We will address all these questions as we trace the development of museums from their medieval origins to the twenty-first century.

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 may vary with instructor. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Baccalaureate degree or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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