ERIC Number: EJ968948
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
Imagining and Engaging Difference in the Art Museum
Keith, Kimberly F.
International Journal of Lifelong Education, v31 n3 p247-260 2012
This article focuses on power, difference and knowledge, areas critical to adult education. It conveys insights into how educators and curators in an art museum imagined and engaged with difference, and particularly the black subject, when working within a collaborative project that included the acquisition of art objects (fine art photography). The article utilises material drawn from an ethnographic research project that included a case study based on an 18-month participant-observation of an evolving partnership between the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and the Black Cultural Archives (BCA), in London, UK. The case offers a snapshot of the tensions involved in educators and curators seeking to imagine and engage difference in the art museum. The case provides evidence of the lived experience of collaborative work and the challenges involved in negotiating issues of difference in multiple contexts: across organisational cultures, when imagining audiences, and in the representation of the black subject within photographs.
Descriptors: Museums, Archives, Cooperative Programs, Photography, Visual Aids, Blacks, Selection, Case Studies, Ethnography, Participant Observation, Organizational Culture, Audiences, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)