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Author Weil, Stephen E.

Title A cabinet of curiosities : inquiries into museums and their prospects / Stephen E. Weil.

Published Washington : Smithsonian Institution Press, [1995]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  069.5 WEIL    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxii, 264 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents 1. Speaking about Museums: A Meditation on Language -- 2. Progress Report from the Field: The Wintergreen Conference on Performance Indicators for Museums -- 3. Creampuffs and Hardball: Are You Really Worth What You Cost or Just Merely Worthwhile? -- 4. A Brief Meditation on Museums and the Metaphor of Institutional Growth -- 5. Museums, Hitler, and the Business of Isness -- 6. Publicly-Chosen Art: What Standards Apply? -- 7. Review: Exclusion Principle -- 8. On a New Foundation: The American Art Museum Reconceived -- 9. The Great and Renowned Kelly Sock Collection: A Fable -- 10. Collecting a Private Art Collector: In Search of the Ideal -- 11. The Deaccession Cookie Jar -- 12. Testimony Prepared for the Financial Accounting Standards Board, Norwalk, Connecticut -- 13. Review: Objects of Knowledge -- 14. Tax Policy and Private Giving -- 15. Excellence, Autonomy, and Diversity: The Case for Tax-Exempt Cultural Organizations.
16. Testimony Offered before the Independent Commission -- 17. Dangerous Hypo/theticol -- 18. Some Perplexing Admissions -- 19. Rob Roy's Gift Revisited -- 20. Resale Royalties for Artists: Boon or Boondoggle? -- 21. Resale Royalty Hearing: New York City -- 22. Unpublished Materials and Copyright: What Can a Museum Do? -- 23. The Art World Olympics -- 24. Remarks following Receipt of the Katherine Coffey Award.
Summary The museum profession's leading theorist considers the abiliies of museums to survive and succeed in the future. Concentrating on the important function of the public in museums, Weil argues that American museums face an increasing challenge to demonstrate their ability to connect with an ever more diverse audience, and simultaneously withstand changes in government involvement.
Subject Museums -- Administration.
Art museums -- Management.
Museum finance -- Evaluation.
Cultural property -- Protection.
Museums -- Educational aspects.
ISBN 1560985119