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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting combination of case studies about museums and knowledge, 26 Mar 2010
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This review is from: Museums and the Interpretation of Visual Culture (Museum Meanings) (Paperback)
In this book, Hooper-Greenhill focuses on the concept of knowledge, how it is constructed by museums relying on their collections, and how it is received by their visitors.

The contrast the author creates between the modernist museum and the post-modern museum is key throughout the book, with case studies looking at specific artefacts and how they have been inserted into 'master narratives' authored by museum professionals. This contrast relies on the transition from modernism to post-modernism.

Because the book was written in 2000, it is also somewhat speculative, with imagining or recommending what future museums could do, could look like to be as relevant as possible to their environment.

It is a good read, if only to understand how case studies can be written in a museum studies oriented analysis.

1. Culture and meaning in the museum, 1
2. Picturing the ancestors and imag(in)ing the nation: the collections of the first decade of the National Portrait Gallery, London, 23
3. Speaking for herself? Hinemihi and her discourses, 49
4. Words and things: constructing narratives, constructing the self, 76
5. Objects and interpretive processes, 103
6. Exhibitions and interpretation: museum pedagogy and cultural change, 124
7. The rebirth of the museum, 151
Notes, 163
Bibliography, 176
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hooper Greenhill, 7 Aug 2012
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This review is from: Museums and the Interpretation of Visual Culture (Museum Meanings) (Paperback)
This book focuses on objects and meaning in museums and how this is affected by pedagogy and visual culture. Hooper Greenhill explores specific objects and collections in detail ranging from The Founding collections at National Gallery to The Lakota Ghost Dance Shirt. Chapter 5, `Objects and interpretive processes', which is particularly useful, looks at how the meanings of objects are constructed through an interpretive framework. Objects are locations at which discursive formation traverses with physical properties (Crary, 1990, cited in Hooper- Greenhill 2000). The text interrogates the definition of the word' Object' and the historical development of object pedagogy in museums from the late 19th century to 2000. Hooper-Greenhill makes a distinction between objects as including natural material and artefacts as things that are made by people. I am doing some research on object-based art and I found the chapter on objects very useful background reading
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