Exhibiting Dilemmas

Issues of Representation at the Smithsonian
Product Number: EB00667816
Released: Jun 21, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781588345516
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
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In twelve essays on such diverse Smithsonian Institution holdings as the Hope Diamond, the Wright Flyer, wooden Zuni carvings, and the Greensboro, North Carolina Woolworth lunch counter that became a symbol of the Civil Rights movement, Exhibiting Dilemmas explores a wide range of social, political, and ethical questions faced by museum curators in their roles as custodians of culture. Focusing on the challenges posed by the transformation of exhibitions from object-driven "cabinets of curiosities" to idea-driven sources of education and entertainment, the contributors-all Smithsonian staff members-provide a lively and sometimes provocative discussion of the increasingly complex enterprise of acquiring and displaying objects in a museum setting.

Author(s): Amy Henderson
Original Publish Date: Jun 21, 2016

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