PRES 571 - Museum Studies
Cross-Listed with: PRES 471
AAH 121 or AAH 122 or by permission of instructor
Within the broad field of museum studies, this course focuses on the intersection of mission, collecting, and display for art museums, house museums, and history museums in the United States. Museum mission statements often describe their institutional goals in terms of conservation, community outreach, education, or the delivery of shared cultural resources. Museum staff work to create exhibitions, architecture, and didactic materials that enact those missions and make them visible to museum users. To examine how mission shapes collecting practice display, you will read scholarly studies of museum trends, case studies of innovative practices, guidelines crafted by museum professionals, and news coverage of current museum challenges.
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