Collecting continues to grow in popularity even as contemporary society
becomes increasingly virtual and fragmented. The status of objects may be
changing, but people's meaningful attachments to them have only become
Author: Kevin M. Moist
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Category: Antiques & Collectibles
In Contemporary Collecting: Objects, Practices, and the Fate of Things, Kevin M. Moist and David Banash have assembled several essays that examine collecting practices on both a personal and professional level. These essays situate collectors and collections in a contemporary context and also show how our changing world finds new meaning in the legacy of older collections. Arranged by such themes as “Collecting in a Virtual World,” “Changing Relationships with Things,” “Collecting and Identity—Personal and Political,” and “Collecting Practices and Cultural Hierarchies,” these essays help illuminate the role of objects in our lives.
After collecting the gifts, Samuel stacked the plates and brought them forward,
placing them on the altar before returning to his seat. Paul stood on the platform
before the altar and prayed for the congregation. He prayed for open hearts and ...
Author: Professor Susan PearcePublish On: 1997-12-12
The book is based on the understanding of collecting practice, rather than the collections themselves.
Author: Professor Susan Pearce
Category: Collectors and collecting
This clear and lively book provides an illuminating analysis of collecting as a major social and individual phenomenon in contemporary society. The book is based on the understanding of collecting practice, rather than the collections themselves. It highlights the significance of collecting in relation to the cultural process, popular culture, contemporary attitudes to material culture and the idea of collecting as a postmodern activity. Susan Pearce presents both quantitative and qualitative information from a broad spectrum of contemporary collectors and relates their collecting to broader issues of consumption, gender, family and social class. Accessible and original, Collecting in Contemporary Practice will be of interest to students, academics and professionals in museum studies, cultural studies, anthropology and material culture studies.
An Investigation into Collecting in the European Tradition Susan Pearce ... at the
University of Utah in the USA, the People's Show Project in Britain and the
Leicester University Contemporary Collecting Project carried out throughout
Author: Susan Pearce
Category: Business & Economics
On Collecting examines the nature of collecting both in Europe and among people living within the European tradition elsewhere. Susan Pearce looks at the way we collect and what this tells us about ourselves and our society. She also explores the psychology of collecting: why do we bestow value on certain objects and how does this add meaning to our lives? Do men and women collect differently? How do we use objects to construct our identity? This book breaks new ground in its analysis of our relationship to the material world.
Susan Pearce An important segment of contemporary collecting is the emphasis
placed upon contemporary, mass-produced material, like tea towels or carrier
bags. Such collecting, although very widespread, challenges the bounds of ...
Author: Graeme Were
Publisher: Berghahn Books
By exploring the processes of collecting, which challenge the bounds of normally acceptable practice, this book debates the practice of collecting 'difficult' objects, from a historical and contemporary perspective; and discusses the acquisition of objects related to war and genocide, and those purchased from the internet, as well as considering human remains, mass produced objects and illicitly traded antiquities. The aim is to apply a critical approach to the rigidity of museums in maintaining essentially nineteenth-century ideas of collecting; and to move towards identifying priorities for collection policies in museums, which are inclusive of acquiring 'difficult' objects. Much of the book engages with the question of the limits to the practice of collecting as a means to think through the implementation of new strategies.
Public historians are also needed because of the changing practices in collection
repositories that increasingly search for public ... However, contemporary collecting is a challenge for collection managers who have to decide what aspect
Author: Thomas Cauvin
Public History: A Textbook of Practice is a guide to the many challenges historians face while teaching, learning, and practicing public history. Historians can play a dynamic and essential role in contributing to public understanding of the past, and those who work in historic preservation, in museums and archives, in government agencies, as consultants, as oral historians, or who manage crowdsourcing projects need very specific skills. This book links theory and practice and provides students and practitioners with the tools to do public history in a wide range of settings. The text engages throughout with key issues such as public participation, digital tools and media, and the internationalization of public history. Part One focuses on public history sources, and offers an overview of the creation, collection, management, and preservation of public history materials (archives, material culture, oral materials, or digital sources). Chapters cover sites and institutions such as archival repositories and museums, historic buildings and structures, and different practices such as collection management, preservation (archives, objects, sounds, moving images, buildings, sites, and landscape), oral history, and genealogy. Part Two deals with the different ways in which public historians can produce historical narratives through different media (including exhibitions, film, writing, and digital tools). The last part explores the challenges and ethical issues that public historians will encounter when working with different communities and institutions. Either in public history methods courses or as a resource for practicing public historians, this book lays the groundwork for making meaningful connections between historical sources and popular audiences.
Part of the risk associated with conflating understandings of historical and contemporary collection programs lies in reducing the complexity of the current
situation by creating a comparison that is insensitive to the changes that have
Author: Bronwyn Parry
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Category: Business & Economics
"In a work that draws on anthropology, history, philosophy, business, and law, Bronwyn Parry links a firsthand investigation of the operation of the bioprospecting industry to an analysis of broader economic, regulatory, and technological transformations: the rise of an information economy, global intellectual property rights and benefit-sharing regimes, and the progressive molecularization of approaches to biological research. Parry reveals how a failure to monitor this new global trade in bio-information could have potentially disastrous consequences for the suppliers of genetic and biochemical resources - transforming the complex dynamics of collecting, as well as the politics and practice of biological resource exploitation."--BOOK JACKET.
Contemporary Collecting: Theory and Practice. Edinburgh: MuseumsEtc., 2011.
163p. Partial contents: HistoryofContemporary Collecting; Contemporary Collecting inEurope; Contemporary Collectingin NorthAmerica; Survey of
Curators of ...
Author: Tom McNulty
This book is for art market researchers at all levels. A brief overview of the global art market and its major stakeholders precedes an analysis of the various sales venues (auction, commercial gallery, etc.). Library research skills are reviewed, and advanced methods are explored in a chapter devoted to basic market research. Because the monetary value of artwork cannot be established without reference to the aesthetic qualities and art historical significance of our subject works, two substantial chapters detail the processes involved in researching and documenting the fine and decorative arts, respectively, and provide annotated bibliographies. Methods for assigning values for art objects are explored, and sources of price data, both in print and online, are identified and described in detail. In recent years, art historical scholarship increasingly has addressed issues related to the history of art and its markets: a chapter on resources for the historian of the art market offers a wide range of sources. Finally, provenance and art law are discussed, with particular reference to their relevance to dealers, collectors, artists and other art market stakeholders.
As such they will represent an invaluable collection to the Smithsonian Institution.
... This chapter focuses on the development of contemporary collecting in the
National Museum of History and Technology throughout the 1970s and considers
Author: Kylie Message
Category: Social Science
Museums and Social Activism is the first study to bring together historical accounts of the African American and later American Indian civil rights-related social and reform movements that took place on the Smithsonian Mall through the 1960s and 1970s in Washington DC with the significant but unknown story about museological transformation and curatorial activism that occurred in the Division of Political and Reform History at the National Museum of American History at this time. Based on interdisciplinary field-based research that has brought together cross-cultural and international perspectives from the fields of Museum Studies, Public History, Political Science and Social Movement Studies with empirical investigation, the book explores and analyses museums’ – specifically, curators’ – relationships with political stakeholders past and present. By understanding the transformations of an earlier period, Museums and Social Activism offers provocative perspectives on the cultural and political significance of contemporary museums. It highlights the relevance of past practice and events for museums today and improved ways of understanding the challenges and opportunities that result from the ongoing process of renewal that museums continue to exemplify.
he collecting and preserving of objects has traditionally been marked as a—if not
the—central function of the museum, but discussion of museums and contemporary art has focused almost entirely on issues of display and exhibition.
1 This is ...
Author: Bruce Altshuler
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Collecting the New is the first book on the questions and challenges that museums face in acquiring and preserving contemporary art. Because such art has not yet withstood the test of time, it defies the traditional understanding of the art museum as an institution that collects and displays works of long-established aesthetic and historical value. By acquiring such art, museums gamble on the future. In addition, new technologies and alternative conceptions of the artwork have created special problems of conservation, while social, political, and aesthetic changes have generated new categories of works to be collected. Following Bruce Altshuler's introduction on the European and American history of museum collecting of art by living artists, the book comprises newly commissioned essays by twelve distinguished curators representing a wide range of museums. First considered are general issues including the acquisition process, and collecting by universal survey museums and museums that focus on modern and contemporary art. Following are groups of essays that address collecting in particular media, including prints and drawings, new (digital) media, and film and video; and national- and ethnic-specific collecting (contemporary art from Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and African-American art). The closing essay examines the conservation problems created by contemporary works--for example, what is to be done when deterioration is the artist's intent? The contributors are Christophe Cherix, Vishakha N. Desai, Steve Dietz, Howard N. Fox, Chrissie Iles and Henriette Huldisch, Pamela McClusky, Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro, Lowery Stokes Sims, Robert Storr, Jeffrey Weiss, and Glenn Wharton.
Collecting the Contemporary: A Handbook for Social History Museums is a major new publication which addresses one of the most fundamental issues facing today's history museums: why and how to engage with contemporary collecting?
Author: Owain Rhys
Category: Electronic books
Collecting the Contemporary: A Handbook for Social History Museums is a major new publication which addresses one of the most fundamental issues facing today’s history museums: why and how to engage with contemporary collecting?.
(Interview with Sarah Gudgin, Assistant Curator, Oral History and Contemporary Collecting, Museum of London) Interviewees fromthe London's Voices project
teamsuggested that initially colleagues inthe wider museum didnot understood ...
Author: N. Thumim
Category: Social Science
Taking a close look at ordinary people 'telling their own story', Nancy Thumim explores self-representations in contemporary digital culture in settings as diverse as reality TV, online storytelling, and oral histories displayed in museums.
Selections from the Edward R. Downe, Jr. Collection, November 13, 1986-
January 18, 1987 Edward R. Downe. High Impact and the Downe Collection The
Downe Collection 1976 – 1986 : Ten Years of Collecting Contemporary
American Art ...
The subject of regional or national collecting plans is raised more frequently with
regard to contemporary collecting in the ... In contemporary history, the central
problem is the massive amount of ever-changing products that can be collected.
Author: Marie C. Malaro
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution
Hailed when it was first published in 1985 as the bible of U.S. collections management, A Legal Primer on Managing Museum Collections offers the only comprehensive discussion of the legal questions faced by museums regarding collections. This revised and expanded third edition addresses the many legal developments—including a comprehensive discussion of stolen art and the international movement of cultural property, recent developments in copyright, and the effects of burgeoning electronic uses—that have occurred during the past twenty-five years. An authorative, go-to book for any museum professional, Legal Primer offers detailed explanations of the law, suggestions for preventing legal problems, and numerous case studies of lawsuits involving museum collections.
In the final paragraph will be presented some examples of contemporary collecting practices, drawn also from personal research, to demonstrate that
despite condemnations and ridicule the sense of wonder and playfulness in
collecting is still ...
Author: Felicia Faye McMahon
Publisher: University Press of America
Play: An Interdisciplinary Synthesis is co-published with the Association for the Study of Play (TASP), an interdisciplinary, international organization of play-research scholars. This volume, the sixth in the Play and Culture TASP series, synthesizes biological, anthropological, educational, and psychological approaches to play. It is a valuable book with chapters from premier researchers such as Robert Fagen and Carolyn Pope Edwards of the United States, Arne Trageton of Norway, Paola de Sanctis Ricciardone of Italy, and Jean Paul Rossie of Morocco. Also included is an interstitial book-within-the-book by Brian Sutton-Smith.
Collecting. as. medium. and. message. Susan. Pearce. The notion that 'medium'
and 'message' are identical, that what ... I shall then briefly describe the Leicester Contemporary Collecting Project which is intended to shed more light on our ...
Author: Eilean Hooper-Greenhill
Publisher: Psychology Press
Considering the late 1990's approaches to museum communication, museums as media, museums and audience, and the evaluation of museums, this text looks at mass communication and media studies, as well as philosophical and management issues. Examples and case-studies are included.
Dr Roy Shuker. Chapter 2 The contemporary collector: beyond the High Fidelity
stereotype The popular image of contemporary record collectors is of obsessive
males, whose 'trainspotting' passion for collecting is often a substitute for 'real' ...
Author: Dr Roy Shuker
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Category: Social Science
This study examines the history of record collecting; profiles collectors and the collecting process; considers categories—especially music genres—and types of record collecting; and outlines and discusses the infrastructure within which collecting operates. Shuker situates this discussion within the broader literature on collecting, along with issues of cultural consumption, social identity and 'the construction of self' in contemporary society. Record collecting is both fascinating in its own right, and provides insights into broader issues of nostalgia, consumption and material culture.