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Author Weil, Stephen E.

Title Making museums matter / Stephen E. Weil.

Published Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Institution Press, 2002.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  069 WEIL    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiii, 273 pages; 23 cm
Notes Includes index.
Contents Museum in Pursuit of Excellence -- 1 Organization-wide Quality: A Theory of Museums and Immodest Proposal 3 -- 2 (F)FeTMu 24 -- 3 From Being about Something to Being for Somebody: The Ongoing Transformation of the American Museum 28 -- 4 Fantasy Islands 53 -- 5 Museums: Can and Do They Make a Difference? 55 -- 6 New Words, Familiar Music: The Museum as Social Enterprise 75 -- 7 Transformed from a Cemetery of Bric-a-brac 81 -- Museum as Workplace -- 8 Distinctive Numerator 93 -- 9 A Parable of Rocks and Reasons 99 -- 10 Romance versus Realism: A Reflection on the Nature of Museums 102 -- 11 Museum Publishing: Some Revolutions in Progress 109 -- 12 If Content Is Out, Aesthetics Must Be In 126 -- 13 Museum at the End of Time 136 -- 14 Collecting Then, Collecting Today: What's the Difference? 141 -- 15 Twenty-One Ways to Buy Art 151 -- Museum as Palace -- 16 Courtly Ghosts and Aristocratic Artifacts 159 -- 17 Reduced to Art 170 -- 18 John Cotton Dana's New Museum 188 -- Museum in the Public Sphere -- 19 Museum and the Public 195 -- 20 American Legal Response to the Problem of Holocaust Art 214 -- 21 Fair Use and the Visual Arts: Please Leave Some Room for Robin Hood 239 -- 22 Cloning and Copyright 253 -- 23 Fair Use and Museum Use: How Close Is the Overlap? 263 -- 24 Not Money, Control 270.
Summary Stephen E. Weil has long been considered one of the museum community's most insightful (and frequently wittiest) commentators. In this volume of twenty-nine recent essays, his overarching concern is that museums be able to "earn their keep" -- that they make themselves matter -- in an environment of potentially shrinking resources. Museums matter, according to Weil, when their staff's traditional object-related skills are directed towards enriching both the individual lives and the general well-being of the communities they serve. What makes museums so special, he says, is the varied ways in which they may choose to perform that service. Museums have the potential to kindle individual ambition, to strengthen community ties, to stimulate inquiry, to impart knowledge, to provide aesthetic experiences, and much more.
Also included in this collection are reflections on the special qualities of art museums, an investigation into the relationship of current copyright law to the visual arts, a detailed consideration of how the museums and legal system of the United States have coped with the problem of Nazi-era art, and a series of delightfully provocative training exercises for those anticipating entry into the museum field. The publication of these essays in one volume ensures that even those previously published in highly specialized journals will get the wide exposure they surely deserve.
Subject Museums -- Philosophy.
Museums -- Administration.
Museums -- United States -- Philosophy.
Museums -- United States -- Management.
ISBN 1588340252 (alk. paper)
1588340007 (paperback: alk. paper)