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Exhibiting Cultures: The Poetics and Politics of Museum Display


reviewed by Joan Jeffri 1992

coverTitle: Exhibiting Cultures: The Poetics and Politics of Museum Display
Author(s): Ivan Karp, Steven Lavine
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington
ISBN: 1560980214, Pages: 468, Year: 1991
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It has been maintained that the perfect museum atmosphere is an empty room—where no sound, no dirt, no uninvited dust, no external disruption, invades the pristine, protected cases carefully housing the quintessential representation of some art or culture. Indeed, the hushed, almost hostile atmosphere (prodding many of this generation to deem the art museum the modern replacement for the church) resonates in many (sometimes former) museum-goers as part of their childhood exposure to the arts and culture. Rosenberg and Fleigel once remarked that everything about the ways museums are organized seems to add up to discomfort for the visitor: the hard, waxed floors, the overheating, the difficulty in checking coats, the plastic food in the cafe, even the term “visitor,” which makes one feel more like an interloper than a participant in the experience.1 Much of this has changed in the last few decades, sometimes in the extreme, so that visitors... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 94 Number 2, 1992, p. 430-432
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 199, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 10:22:23 PM

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