Susan P Casteras
ART H 480
Explores the history of art museums in America and Europe from the nineteenth century to the present. Topics include connoisseurship and conservation, theories of design and display, architectural challenges, auction houses, dealers, curators, directors, impact of education departments, museums' changing relationship to public audiences, visual arts, and the law.
see description on website, which is as follows:
Student learning goals
learn basic history of museums and collecting in the Western world
learn about major museum issues, e.g., conservation, installation concepts, curatorial realities, art and the law, etc.
gain insight about how to understand and write about exhibitions
broaden writing skills about by producing art labels, conservation report, exhibition analysis, etc.
General method of instruction
Lectures by professor and student interaction; also, some visits to local museums on-campus and off-campus
Previous classes in art history strongly recommended. Required texts as are follows (paperback versions) and have been ordered at the University Bookstore: 1 Andrew McClellan, THE ART MUSEUM FROM BOULLEE TO BILBAO 2 Konstaze Bachmann, CONSERVATION CONCERNS: A GUIDE FOR COLLECTORS AND CURATORS 3 Stephen Weil, MAKING MUSEUMS MATTER
Other optional texts will be discussed in class.
Class assignments and grading
Assignments include a 1-2 page condition report; object labels; 53-5 page exhibition analysis; 3 page curatorial report; 5 page final paper
combination of written assignments and classroom participation, with more weight given to final two assignments