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Cabinet of Curiosities: Mark Dion and the University as Installation [Paperback]

Colleen Sheehy
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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press (6 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816644705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816644704
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,370,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a catalogue and companion to Dion's exhibition at the Weisman Art Museum in 2001, which assembled objects from the University of Minnesota's various museum collections into thematic cabinets. Student curators who participated in the project and others comment on the exhibition. Annotation 2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com).

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5.0 out of 5 stars cabinet of curiosties 7 Aug 2012
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Through a series of articles, this book discusses how Mark Dion worked in collaboration with students, curators and museum staff to create an installation at the Wiesman Art Museum, University of Minnesota. The Wiesman installation featured 700 objects representing the university collections in a comparable fashion to that of Renaissance cabinets of wonder. It gives insights into what, how and why bodies of objects have been amassed. The phenomenon of collecting, its influence on the creation of knowledge within Western universities and Dion's European installations are also part of the discourse. The articles are subjective; however, they are triangulated with the visual and with citations from relevant sources. The book differs from `Archaeology' (Coles and Dion 1999) because it also includes writing by student curators. The passage of time between the two books is also relevant because it illustrates how Dion's work developed.
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