Museums have scarcely yet begun to examine their responsibility in this field.
The most urgent and immediately socially useful duty facing religious objects in
museums is helping people to understand religion. The power of religion in
Author: Crispin Paine
In the past, museums often changed the meaning of icons or statues of deities from sacred to aesthetic, or used them to declare the superiority of Western society, or simply as cultural and historical evidence. The last generation has seen faith groups demanding to control 'their' objects, and curators recognising that objects can only be understood within their original religious context. In recent years there has been an explosion of interest in the role religion plays in museums, with major exhibitions highlighting the religious as well as the historical nature of objects.Using examples from all over the world, Religious Objects in Museums is the first book to examine how religious objects are transformed when they enter the museum, and how they affect curators and visitors. It examines the full range of meanings that religious objects may bear - as scientific specimen, sacred icon, work of art, or historical record. Showing how objects may be used to argue a point, tell a story or promote a cause, may be worshipped, ignored, or seen as dangerous or unlucky, this highly accessible book is an essential introduction to the subject.
Bringing together religious studies scholars and museum curators, Sacred Objects in Secular Spaces is the first volume to focus on Asian religions in relation to these questions.
Author: Bruce M. Sullivan
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
We have long recognized that many objects in museums were originally on display in temples, shrines, or monasteries, and were religiously significant to the communities that created and used them. How, though, are such objects to be understood, described, exhibited, and handled now that they are in museums? Are they still sacred objects, or formerly sacred objects that are now art objects, or are they simultaneously objects of religious and artistic significance, depending on who is viewing the object? These objects not only raise questions about their own identities, but also about the ways we understand the religious traditions in which these objects were created and which they represent in museums today. Bringing together religious studies scholars and museum curators, Sacred Objects in Secular Spaces is the first volume to focus on Asian religions in relation to these questions. The contributors analyze an array of issues related to the exhibition in museums of objects of religious significance from Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh traditions. The "lives†? of objects are considered, along with the categories of "sacred†? and "profane†?, "religious†? and "secular†?. As interest in material manifestations of religious ideas and practices continues to grow, Sacred Objects in Secular Spaces is a much-needed contribution to religious and Asian studies, anthropology of religion and museums studies.
Bringing together scholars and practitioners from North America, Europe, Russia, and Australia, this pioneering volume provides a global survey of how museums address religion and charts a course for future research and interpretation.
Author: Gretchen Buggeln
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Bringing together scholars and practitioners from North America, Europe, Russia, and Australia, this pioneering volume provides a global survey of how museums address religion and charts a course for future research and interpretation. Contributors from a variety of disciplines and institutions explore the work of museums from many perspectives, including cultural studies, religious studies, and visual and material culture. Most museums throughout the world – whether art, archaeology, anthropology or history museums – include religious objects, and an increasing number are beginning to address religion as a major category of human identity. With rising museum attendance and the increasingly complex role of religion in social and geopolitical realities, this work of stewardship and interpretation is urgent and important. Religion in Museums is divided into six sections: museum buildings, reception, objects, collecting and research, interpretation of objects and exhibitions, and the representation of religion in different types of museums. Topics covered include repatriation, conservation, architectural design, exhibition, heritage, missionary collections, curation, collections and display, and the visitor's experience. Case studies provide comprehensive coverage and range from museums devoted specifically to the diversity of religious traditions, such as the State Museum of the History of Religion in St Petersburg, to exhibitions centered on religion at secular museums, such as Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam, at the British Museum.
The most obvious and important thing to be said about making histories of
religion in museums is that they don't do it very often. This is not to say that there
are not millions of religious objects in museums, as most fine art, anthropology, ...
Author: Gaynor Kavanagh
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
This exciting new series recognizes the tremendous potential of museum-based histories and the ways in which they can engage people with ideas about the past. People encounter and use museums on many different levels - personal, social and intellectual - and access meanings that best fit their agendas. Histories in museums can stimulate the imagination, provoke discussion and increase our ability to question what we know. From this it can be deduced that history in museums is as much about the present as it is about the past; as much about how we feel as about what we know; as much about who we are as about who we have been. The first volume in the series, Making Histories in Museums, examines museological features, but deals particularly with the historiographical issues that have previously been underplayed. Each contributor looks at theoretical frameworks within a specific field of study, using case studies and comparisons of practice. Good practice is highlighted and potential ways forward explored. The book establishes the themes that will be the subject of more detailed study in later volumes. This series will prove an invaluable resource for all those concerned with or interested in museums - museum professionals, museum students, historians and students of history, as well as the general reader.
However, one British commentator expressed concerns about this trend: Objects
of religious significance are being removed from museum cases across the
United States and the United Kingdom. Artifacts are being hidden away—in effect
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.
Author: Michael Zils
Publisher: München [Germany] : K.G. Saur
"This guide should greatly assist public and academic librarians and their users." JOURNAL OF ACADEMIC LIBRARIANSHIP "Museums of the World is an essential tool." -AMERICAN REFERENCE BOOKS ANNUAL Completely updated with data supplied by museum administrators and staff, Museums of the World provides valuable information and insight on some 39,000 museums worldwide. Organized by country and city within individual nations, each detailed museum profile includes address...e-mail addresses...websites...telephone and fax numbers...description of holdings and facilities...director's name...and more. This indispensable resource also includes three indexes - Names Index for Museums, Name Index for Persons, and Subject Index - to make research easier. The particularly useful Subject Index offers cross-referenced headings for such diverse areas as Aeronautics, Arms and Armor, Graphic Arts, Indian Artifacts, Jewelry, Painted and Stained Glass, and Railroads. from K. G. Saur.
“Displaying Traditional Yoruba Religious Objects in Museums: The Western Re-
making of a Cultural Heritage.” Library Trends 56 (1): 66–79. Doherty, B. 1999.
Inside the White Cube: The Ideology of the Gallery Space. Berkeley: University of
Author: Viv Golding
Publisher: A&C Black
This edited volume critically engages with contemporary scholarship on museums and their engagement with the communities they purport to serve and represent. Foregrounding new curatorial strategies, it addresses a significant gap in the available literature, exploring some of the complex issues arising from recent approaches to collaboration between museums and their communities. The book unpacks taken-for-granted notions such as scholarship, community, participation and collaboration, which can gloss over the complexity of identities and lead to tokenistic claims of inclusion by museums. Over sixteen chapters, well-respected authors from the US, Australia and Europe offer a timely critique to address what happens when museums put community-minded principles into practice, challenging readers to move beyond shallow notions of political correctness that ignore vital difference in this contested field. Contributors address a wide range of key issues, asking pertinent questions such as how museums negotiate the complexities of integrating collaboration when the target community is a living, fluid, changeable mass of people with their own agendas and agency. When is engagement real as opposed to symbolic, who benefits from and who drives initiatives? What particular challenges and benefits do artist collaborations bring? Recognising the multiple perspectives of community participants is one thing, but how can museums incorporate this successfully into exhibition practice? Students of museum and cultural studies, practitioners and everyone who cares about museums around the world will find this volume essential reading.
An Explanation : Request for the Return of Zuni Religious Objects Held in
Museums and Private Collections D Other titles on the National Parks of the
Southwest : EDIT Class — These items are communally owned by the tribe and
have been ...
Author: David Grant Noble
Traveling the back roads of the southwestern United States, a driver will cross several Native American reservations. One with a long and rich past and a living history is the Pueblo of Zuni in western New Mexico. At one time, the Zuni people and their predecessors enjoyed a huge tract of land known as Cibola. Zuni borders included such sites as El Morro, Hawikuh, and the Village of the Great Kivas, linked to Chaco Canyon by prehistoric roads. In addition to the story of great archaeological studies, Zuni and El Morro includes chapters on Zuni tribal history, philosophy, and religion. Articles by well-known historians and archaeologists reconstruct for the reader the history and prehistory of the Zuni and their land.
Islamic material at the British Museum , for example notes that regarding the John
Addis Gallery , unique in the museum as it defines its content using ' religion ' ,
that : “ The label ' Islamic ' is misleading as most of the objects are secular in ...
Author: Ian Heath
Publisher: British Archaeological Reports Limited
In addressing the subject of the representation of Islam in museums, this work undertakes to examine both its production and consumption. The production of representation and the creation of identity are achieved in museums through the medium of the display of material, whilst consumption occurs through the medium of visiting and the meaning made by visitors. In order to evaluate such production displays of Islamic material in museums are the subject of critical analysis. This research has a qualitative element and seeks to tap into the perceptions of museum visitors of current museum displays. Given the role played by museums in the construction of identity the questions underpinning this are firstly, what are the messages they receive about the world of Islam and secondly, what do these displays say about the Islamic world past and present?