Monthly Archives: November 2011


In the book, “Displays of Power” by Steven Dubin, Dubin asserts that “Museums are important venues in which a society can define itself and present itself publicly. Museums solidify culture, endow it with a tangibility in a way few other … Continue reading

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Museums and Exhibitions

In Displays of Power, Steven C. Dubin recounts the various controversial exhibitions displayed by such museums as The Smithsonian Institution, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of the City of New York, and the Brooklyn Museum.  These museum exhibits became entrenched … Continue reading

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More than Opening Hours: Museums and Public Service

In the 1917 screed The Gloom of the Museum, John Cotton Dana complained that American museums were too much like, “remote palaces and temples, filled with objects not closely associated with the life of the people who are asked to … Continue reading

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Museums and Public Service

Museums have long been seen by the public as educational institutions – these buildings can sometimes be an impressive and intimidating way for people to interact with objects and interpretation of our past. In John Cotton Dana’s 1917 article The … Continue reading

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Rebirthing a Classic: Collections at Work

Making changes in the museum field is easier said than done. America has spent a good part of the last hundred years preserving items, amassing large collections in everything imaginable. As we move further away from the historical periods that … Continue reading

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