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978-1-56098-444-3 / 1560984449

Exhibiting Dilemmas: Issues of Representation at the Smithsonian

by Henderson, Amy

Publisher:Smithsonian Books

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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In twelve essays on such diverse Smithsonian Institution holdings as the Hope Diamond, the Wright Flyer, wooden Zuni carvings, and the Greensboro, North Carolina Woolworth lunch counter that became a symbol of the Civil Rights movement, Exhibiting Dilemmas explores a wide range of social, political, and ethical questions faced by museum curators in their roles as custodians of culture.

Focusing on the challenges posed by the transformation of exhibitions from object-driven cabinets of curiosities to idea-driven sources of education and entertainment, the contributorsall Smithsonian staff membersprovide a lively and sometimes provocative discussion of the increasingly complex enterprise of acquiring and displaying objects in a museum setting.

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