520/Hist. of Art 520. Fundamentals of Museum Practice. Junior standing, and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

An introduction to the museum's role in collecting, preserving, displaying, and interpreting original works of art. The course, taught by staff members of the Museum of Art, will present the organization and operation of art museums today. It will cover the historical development of private and public collecting in Europe and America and will explore the evolution of museums as organizations and buildings. The course will focus on the philosophical issues surrounding their existence and the evolving role of museums in western society. Among other topics treated are: care and handling of museum objects, record keeping, exhibition methods, museum education, curatorial responsibilities, museum administration, fund raising, and professional ethics. Occasional field trips to area museums. Combined lecture/seminar format. Open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Permission of the instructor is required. Taught by Chair of Museum Practice Program with the collaboration of faculty members associated with the Museum Practice Program. (Hennessey)

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