By Andrew McClellan
Bringing jointly essays by way of museum execs and teachers from either side of the Atlantic, paintings and its Publics tackles present matters confronting the museum group and seeks to additional the talk among conception and perform round the so much urgent of latest issues. Brings jointly essays that target the interface among the paintings item, its web site of demonstrate, and the viewing public. Tackles matters confronting the museum neighborhood and seeks to additional the talk among idea and perform. offers a cross-section of up to date issues with contributions from museum pros in addition to lecturers. a part of the hot Interventions in paintings heritage sequence, released along side the organization of paintings Historians.
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Extra resources for Art and Its Publics: Museum Studies at the Millennium (New Interventions in Art History)
An international conference of museum professionals held in Madrid in 1934 revealed an overwhelming consensus in favor of isolating works of art for purely visual consumption. Three years later at the Exposition Internationale in Paris an exhibition displaying the latest trends in museum design noted the movement towards viewing art as an "autonomous, individual [and] purely formal" phenomenon: The modern sensibility, no longer seeking in a work of art an historical witness but an individual aesthetic phenomenon, has led museums to efface themselves behind the masterpieces they display.
Related to these developments was the spread of blockbuster exhibitions, which simultaneously increased attendance and revenues.
86 Three years later, the Director of the Metropolitan Museum, Francis Henry Taylor, followed suit by arguing that Americans, "of all the peoples of history, have had a better, more natural, and less prejudiced opportunity to make the museum mean something to the general public," and yet they had failed. We have placed art. both literally and figuratively, on pedestals beyond the reach of the man in the street.. . He may.. visit the museum on occasion, but he certainly takes from it little or nothing of what it might potentially offer him.