Civilizing Rituals: Inside Public Art Museums by Carol DuncanCivilizing Rituals: Inside Public Art Museums by Carol Duncan

Civilizing Rituals: Inside Public Art Museums

byCarol DuncanEditorCarol Duncan

Paperback | September 6, 1995

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Illustrated with over fifty photos,Civilizing Ritualsmerges contemporary debates with lively discussion and explores central issues involved in the making and displaying of art as industry and how it is presented to the community.

Carol Duncan looks at how nations, institutions and private individuals present art , and how art museums are shaped by cultural, social and political determinants.

Civilizing Ritualsis ideal reading for students of art history and museum studies, and professionals in the field will also find much of interest here.

Title:Civilizing Rituals: Inside Public Art MuseumsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9.1 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:September 6, 1995Publisher:Taylor and Francis

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415070120

ISBN - 13:9780415070126

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From Our Editors

In a groundbreaking study, Carol Duncan explores the function of art museums as ritual settings and as cultural artifacts that are much more than neutral shelters for art. She illuminates the ways in which museums in France, Britain and the U.S. engage their visitors in the performance of ritual scenarios and, through them, communicate and affirm ideas, values and social identities.

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Duncan balances her reading of the museum as economically motivated and culturally specific sign with a theoretically promising investigation of ritual and liminality in the gallery context.