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ART 210 Museum Studies (3 credits)

This course will explore the history of museums and debates about the nature of collecting and modes of display. Using historical and theoretical texts as well as select case studies, it will focus on the evolving structure and mission of the museum and its impact on our understanding of art and related fields. In addition to the study of the history of exhibitions and the role of the museum, the course will also investigate the various jobs and responsibilities that people hold within museums. Guest speakers will include members of the curatorial, publications, registration, education, and installation staff at various area museums. We will take advantage of the distinct art institutions in Philadelphia, exploring their exhibitions and permanent collection displays. Although centered on art museums, this course will also consider a broad range of museum practices.

No prerequisites. Fulfills Art/Lit requirement.