Cultural Relevance, Understanding And Education

2008 Words Mar 30th, 2016 9 Pages
Cultural relevance, understanding and education are the key areas that modern museums seem to be addressing seriously. As a public institution a museum must consider its role in society, the way culture is represented and displayed and most of all, how interpretation affects those not of museum training backgrounds, for example a visitor or patron. Some would argue that art, is an expression of a culture and its political and economic values (Hein 2006), while others would suggest that is the artifacts of long lost peoples and cultures that have the most worth to the public (Sabeti 2015).
The mixture of these two mediums seems like an obvious step in achieving reinterpretation, presenting political messages, and displaying the importance of a culture, however sometimes art is just art (McShine 1999). So by that reasoning artifacts are just things. By examining the new museology (Mairesse, Desvallées, and Deloche 2009) and comparing it to the modern Kaleidoscope Animalia exhibit showcased at the Glenbow museum, a critical review of the curation of cultural objects in conjunction with art will provide an example of how The ‘new museology’ has had less practical effect than the museology literature might anticipate (McCall, Gray 2014). The new museology has provided a way in which museums should be examining and if applicable, applying cultural relevance, political messages, and non-exclusivity of its collections to the public. The ‘new museology’ has been broken down to…
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