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A N T H377 Book Presentation

  1. 1. Caleb MercerAnthropology 377Ball State University<br />April 12, 2010<br />
  2. 2. Whose Muse? Art Museums and the Public Trust<br />James Cuno<br />Philippe de Montebello<br />Glenn D. Lowry<br />Neil MacGregor<br />John Walsh<br />James N. Wood<br />Authors:<br />Published by: Princeton University Press and Harvard Art Museum<br />Date: 2004<br />Pages: 208<br />
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  4. 4. Public Trust- trust created for the promotion of public welfare and not for the benefit of one or more individuals. It may or may not be a charitable trust. Also called purpose trust.<br />
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  6. 6. Distractions<br />Philip Fisher’s thoughts on museums and distractions<br />“Museum experiences are generally socialized: we go there with others and often talk to them while we are looking. The experience is un-solitary; it is bound to the museum’s opening hours; and it is ‘visually noisy.’ The resulting distractions bring about a lower quality of attention, and a briefer time spent in the presence of complex works, than with any other art form.”<br />Why do we settle for this?<br />
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  9. 9. How do you inspire public trust? You make it interesting.<br />
  10. 10. Theme parks belong to the realm of commerce,<br />museums to the world of education.<br />-Stephen Jay Gould- Harvard Paleontologist<br />How popular should museums become, how much should they cater to the public and to entertaining the public?<br />
  11. 11. In conclusion…<br />What is the public trust? How is it created? What does it mean to lose it? Is it ethical or legal in nature? To what extent does it matter for museums?<br />Michael Kimmelman-<br />“Museums must re-assert their authority on what beauty really is, thereby reclaiming the idea of quality in art.”<br />

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