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ARTH301: Art Historical Methodologies

Unit 8: Art in the Museum   This unit focuses on the development of the modern art museum and the issues related to the display and interpretation of objects in this context.  After completing this unit, you will be able to outline the history of the modern art museum and explain the issues present in displaying works of art in this context.

Unit 8 Time Advisory
This unit will take you approximately 15 hours to complete.

Unit8 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

  • Outline the general historical development of the modern art museum.
  • Explain the role and function of modern art museums.
  • Explain the issues present in displaying objects in an art museum.

  • Reading: NPR: Bob Mondello’s “A History Of Museums, 'The Memory Of Mankind'” Link: NPR: Bob Mondello's "A History of Museums, 'The Memory of Mankind'" (HTML)

    Instructions: Please read this page about the history of museums in the United States and their place in the contemporary world.
     
    Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use displayed on the webpage above.

  • Reading: National Gallery of Art, Washington’s “Mission Statement” The Saylor Foundation does not yet have materials for this portion of the course. If you are interested in contributing your content to fill this gap or aware of a resource that could be used here, please submit it here.

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  • Reading: David Gordon’s “The Art Museum” Link: David Gordon’s “The Art Museum” (PDF)
     
    Instructions: Select this article by clicking on the hyperlink “The Art Museum,” and then read this article that discusses the historical development of the art museum as an institution and some of the challenges art museums face today in its entirety (10 pages).
     
    Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use displayed on the webpage above.

  • Reading: University of Glasgow: The Journal of Art Historiography: Matthew Martin’s “Relics of another Age: Art History, the ‘Decorative Arts,’ and the Museum’” Link: University of Glasgow: The Journal of Art Historiography: Matthew Martin’s “Relics of another Age: Art History, the 'Decorative Arts,' and the Museum” (PDF)

    Instructions: Please scroll down the webpage (about ¾ length), select this article by clicking on “3-MM/1” that appears directly after the article’s title, and read this article about historiography of the category “decorative arts” and how it relates to the display strategies of art museums in its entirety (9 pages).

    Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use displayed on the webpage above.

  • Activity: The Saylor Foundation’s Critical Summary of Matthew Martin’s “Relics of another Age: Art History, the ‘Decorative Arts,’ and the Museum’” and “Guide to the Critical Summary of Matthew Martin” The Saylor Foundation does not yet have materials for this portion of the course. If you are interested in contributing your content to fill this gap or aware of a resource that could be used here, please submit it here.

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