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ERIC Number: EJ777837
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8510
Taking Up Space: Museum Exploration in the Twenty-First Century
Sutton, Tiffany
Journal of Aesthetic Education, v41 n4 p87-100 Win 2007
Museums have become a crucible for questions of the role that traditional art and art history should play in contemporary art. Friedrich Nietzsche argued in the nineteenth century that museums can be no more than mausoleums for effete (fine) art. Over the course of the twentieth century, however, curators dispelled such blanket pessimism by showing that what keeps historical art museums, both comprehensive and modern, "alive" and relevant in the modern art world are the things that curators do with the artworks in their collections. In this article, the author argues that the focus on artworks and the relationship between them can be rewardingly shifted onto the spatial aspect of the museum. She tries to show what such a shift of focus entails, shows that it involves a "gestalt" shift (in Wittgenstein's terms, the "dawning of an aspect"), and illustrates the limits within which this can arise. The foremost of these limiting factors is museum architecture, and she discusses this to the extent that it determines the limits of what curators can do. How architects do things with museums, however, lies outside the scope of this article. (Contains 25 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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