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Symposium: The Future of the Art Museum: Curatorial and Educational Perspectives: Introduction

Symposium: The Future of the Art Museum: Curatorial and Educational Perspectives: Introduction Symposium: The Future of the Art Museum: Curatorial and Educational Perspectives Introduction There are few futures pondered more often than the art museum's. The new millennium has spawned a veritable cottage industry of such prognostication. Most of it has occurred from the perspectives of building expansion, audience growth, and collection development. These are not, by any means, unimportant considerations. However, such sustained attention to them by directors, marketers, board members, collectors, and the mass media tend to obscure the fact that these areas of concern are not ends in themselves. A new museum wing, higher attendance, and more gifts of art to the collection mean little unless they serve to facilitate specific curatorial and educational ends, which themselves are in the service of expanding and deepening their capacity to enhance the experience of art. The future of the art museum rests on the ability of curators and educators to develop new and more robust curatorial and educational work that is responsive to both the larger culture and to the vocational standards of their respective professions. Curators and educators need, then, to be more self-critical of their practices. This symposium brings together a few of these professionals to reflect http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Aesthetic Education University of Illinois Press

Symposium: The Future of the Art Museum: Curatorial and Educational Perspectives: Introduction

The Journal of Aesthetic Education , Volume 41 (2) – Jun 2, 2007

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Symposium: The Future of the Art Museum: Curatorial and Educational Perspectives Introduction There are few futures pondered more often than the art museum's. The new millennium has spawned a veritable cottage industry of such prognostication. Most of it has occurred from the perspectives of building expansion, audience growth, and collection development. These are not, by any means, unimportant considerations. However, such sustained attention to them by directors, marketers, board members, collectors, and the mass media tend to obscure the fact that these areas of concern are not ends in themselves. A new museum wing, higher attendance, and more gifts of art to the collection mean little unless they serve to facilitate specific curatorial and educational ends, which themselves are in the service of expanding and deepening their capacity to enhance the experience of art. The future of the art museum rests on the ability of curators and educators to develop new and more robust curatorial and educational work that is responsive to both the larger culture and to the vocational standards of their respective professions. Curators and educators need, then, to be more self-critical of their practices. This symposium brings together a few of these professionals to reflect

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The Journal of Aesthetic EducationUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Jun 2, 2007

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