Showing how objects may be used to argue a point, tell a story or promote a cause, may be worshipped, ignored, or seen as dangerous or unlucky, this highly accessible book is an essential introduction to the subject.
Author: Crispin Paine
In the past, museums often changed the meaning of icons or statues of deities from sacred to aesthetic, or used them to declare the superiority of Western society, or simply as cultural and historical evidence. The last generation has seen faith groups demanding to control 'their' objects, and curators recognising that objects can only be understood within their original religious context. In recent years there has been an explosion of interest in the role religion plays in museums, with major exhibitions highlighting the religious as well as the historical nature of objects.Using examples from all over the world, Religious Objects in Museums is the first book to examine how religious objects are transformed when they enter the museum, and how they affect curators and visitors. It examines the full range of meanings that religious objects may bear - as scientific specimen, sacred icon, work of art, or historical record. Showing how objects may be used to argue a point, tell a story or promote a cause, may be worshipped, ignored, or seen as dangerous or unlucky, this highly accessible book is an essential introduction to the subject.
Bringing together religious studies scholars and museum curators, Sacred Objects in Secular Spaces is the first volume to focus on Asian religions in relation to these questions.
Author: Bruce M. Sullivan
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
We have long recognized that many objects in museums were originally on display in temples, shrines, or monasteries, and were religiously significant to the communities that created and used them. How, though, are such objects to be understood, described, exhibited, and handled now that they are in museums? Are they still sacred objects, or formerly sacred objects that are now art objects, or are they simultaneously objects of religious and artistic significance, depending on who is viewing the object? These objects not only raise questions about their own identities, but also about the ways we understand the religious traditions in which these objects were created and which they represent in museums today. Bringing together religious studies scholars and museum curators, Sacred Objects in Secular Spaces is the first volume to focus on Asian religions in relation to these questions. The contributors analyze an array of issues related to the exhibition in museums of objects of religious significance from Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh traditions. The "lives†? of objects are considered, along with the categories of "sacred†? and "profane†?, "religious†? and "secular†?. As interest in material manifestations of religious ideas and practices continues to grow, Sacred Objects in Secular Spaces is a much-needed contribution to religious and Asian studies, anthropology of religion and museums studies.
Bringing together scholars and practitioners from North America, Europe, Russia, and Australia, this pioneering volume provides a global survey of how museums address religion and charts a course for future research and interpretation.
Author: Gretchen Buggeln
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Bringing together scholars and practitioners from North America, Europe, Russia, and Australia, this pioneering volume provides a global survey of how museums address religion and charts a course for future research and interpretation. Contributors from a variety of disciplines and institutions explore the work of museums from many perspectives, including cultural studies, religious studies, and visual and material culture. Most museums throughout the world – whether art, archaeology, anthropology or history museums – include religious objects, and an increasing number are beginning to address religion as a major category of human identity. With rising museum attendance and the increasingly complex role of religion in social and geopolitical realities, this work of stewardship and interpretation is urgent and important. Religion in Museums is divided into six sections: museum buildings, reception, objects, collecting and research, interpretation of objects and exhibitions, and the representation of religion in different types of museums. Topics covered include repatriation, conservation, architectural design, exhibition, heritage, missionary collections, curation, collections and display, and the visitor's experience. Case studies provide comprehensive coverage and range from museums devoted specifically to the diversity of religious traditions, such as the State Museum of the History of Religion in St Petersburg, to exhibitions centered on religion at secular museums, such as Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam, at the British Museum.
This book will be essential reading for all who work in museums as curators, conservators, or exhibition designers; it will be equally important for students of religion, art history, and cultural>
Author: Crispin Paine
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Although museums and art galleries are often compared in role and function to shrines and temples, religion itself has mostly been ignored in museums, even those displaying works originally created for purely religious purposes. In recent years, however, there has been increased interest in the study of spiritual values, particularly those of non-Western cultures. Fourteen contributors from museums and universities worldwide look at the themes and artifacts of religion and examine how museums handle and present this subject, which although often difficult to grasp has pervaded every human society. The first three chapters examine, from different perspectives, the principal religious themes and rituals. Then, a series of chapters looks at how religions-from Methodism to Voodou-have been presented in museums, from Belfast to Taiwan. This book will be essential reading for all who work in museums as curators, conservators, or exhibition designers; it will be equally important for students of religion, art history, and cultural>
This book shows how the curation of the objects they contain shapes public perceptions of religion, giving material form to the discourses about religion and world religions.
Author: Charles Orzech
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Critically examining the notion of 'world religions', Charles D. Orzech compares five purpose-built museums of world religions and their online extensions. Inspired by the 19th and 20th century discipline of comparative religion, these museums seek to promote religious tolerance by representing religious diversity and by arguing for underlying kinship among religions. From locations in Europe (Marburg, Glasgow and St Petersburg), to North America (Quebec) to Asia (Taipei), each museum advances a particular cultural history. This book shows how the curation of the objects they contain shapes public perceptions of religion, giving material form to the discourses about religion and world religions. Raising important questions about religion and secularity, museum displays and religious piety, Museums of World Religions questions the ideology that informs these museums. Building on recent anthropological work on the agency of religious objects, the author critiques these museums and suggests new approaches to displaying the matter of religion.
16 Making Histories of Religion Mark O'Neill I am not sure whether anyone,
however scrupulous, who spends time and ... millions of religious objects in
museums, as most fine art, anthropology, archaeology, historical and general
Author: Gaynor Kavanagh
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
This exciting new series recognizes the tremendous potential of museum-based histories and the ways in which they can engage people with ideas about the past. People encounter and use museums on many different levels - personal, social and intellectual - and access meanings that best fit their agendas. Histories in museums can stimulate the imagination, provoke discussion and increase our ability to question what we know. From this it can be deduced that history in museums is as much about the present as it is about the past; as much about how we feel as about what we know; as much about who we are as about who we have been. The first volume in the series, Making Histories in Museums, examines museological features, but deals particularly with the historiographical issues that have previously been underplayed. Each contributor looks at theoretical frameworks within a specific field of study, using case studies and comparisons of practice. Good practice is highlighted and potential ways forward explored. The book establishes the themes that will be the subject of more detailed study in later volumes. This series will prove an invaluable resource for all those concerned with or interested in museums - museum professionals, museum students, historians and students of history, as well as the general reader.
However, one British commentator expressed concerns about this trend: Objects
of religious significance are being removed from museum cases across the
United States and the United Kingdom. Artifacts are being hidden away—in effect
Author: Marie C. Malaro
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution
Hailed when it was first published in 1985 as the bible of U.S. collections management, A Legal Primer on Managing Museum Collections offers the only comprehensive discussion of the legal questions faced by museums regarding collections. This revised and expanded third edition addresses the many legal developments—including a comprehensive discussion of stolen art and the international movement of cultural property, recent developments in copyright, and the effects of burgeoning electronic uses—that have occurred during the past twenty-five years. An authorative, go-to book for any museum professional, Legal Primer offers detailed explanations of the law, suggestions for preventing legal problems, and numerous case studies of lawsuits involving museum collections.
James: We also have to think about what is an object because the sound of the
voice may be an object. Pearce: Well I ... “Displaying Traditional Yoruba
Religious Objects in Museums: The Western Re-making of a Cultural Heritage.”
Author: Viv Golding
Publisher: A&C Black
This edited volume critically engages with contemporary scholarship on museums and their engagement with the communities they purport to serve and represent. Foregrounding new curatorial strategies, it addresses a significant gap in the available literature, exploring some of the complex issues arising from recent approaches to collaboration between museums and their communities. The book unpacks taken-for-granted notions such as scholarship, community, participation and collaboration, which can gloss over the complexity of identities and lead to tokenistic claims of inclusion by museums. Over sixteen chapters, well-respected authors from the US, Australia and Europe offer a timely critique to address what happens when museums put community-minded principles into practice, challenging readers to move beyond shallow notions of political correctness that ignore vital difference in this contested field. Contributors address a wide range of key issues, asking pertinent questions such as how museums negotiate the complexities of integrating collaboration when the target community is a living, fluid, changeable mass of people with their own agendas and agency. When is engagement real as opposed to symbolic, who benefits from and who drives initiatives? What particular challenges and benefits do artist collaborations bring? Recognising the multiple perspectives of community participants is one thing, but how can museums incorporate this successfully into exhibition practice? Students of museum and cultural studies, practitioners and everyone who cares about museums around the world will find this volume essential reading.
Jastrow and Adler both strike the matter of museums of religious objects . The
former believes that a museum of religious history should comprise three
sections , the general , the special , and the comparative . In the first he would
Author: William Rainey Harper
"Books for New Testament study ... [By] Clyde Weber Votaw" v. 26, p. 271-320; v. 37, p. 289-352.
... counter-arguments to museum assertions that they provide the best places to
preserve and exhibit the Indian artifacts. ... Indians contend that because
museums do not share the Indians' religious concern and knowledge for these
Author: John R. Wunder
First Published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
The third set of essays asks these questions by exploring national museums and
tourist venues as scenes of struggle over the interpretation of religious objects .
As Timothy Mitchell has shown , exhibitions and museums constitute political and
Author: Derek R. Peterson
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Is religion an obstacle to the values of modernity? Popular and scholarly opinion says that it is. In a world gripped in a clash of civilizations, religious absolutism seems to threaten the modern virtues of tolerance, reason, and freedom. This collection of historical essays argues that this popular view--religion versus modernity--is used by the politically powerful to construct the religious as irrational and antimodern. The authors study how nationalists, state officials, missionaries, and scholars in the West and in the colonized world defined and redefined the relationship between the political and the religious --From publisher's description.
Discussions surrounding the issue of repatriation within the museum profession
have generally been very anti-Indian. ... The museums' possession of our dead
and our religious objects has become the main wound that exists between our ...
Author: Roy L. Brooks
Publisher: NYU Press
"This anthology is a collection of essays, written by both internationally renowned and emerging scholars, and of public documents that concern claims from around the world which seek redress for human injustice"--Preface.
remains , funerary objects , sacred objects and objects of cultural patrimony to the
indigenous people of the United States . ... Native Americans together to work
towards shared caretaking of Native American material culture held in museums .
Author: Anita Herle
Publisher: C. HURST & CO. PUBLISHERS
Collection of essays documenting the state of research about Pacific art written by authors and specialists in the field interesting to students, artists, collectors, curators etc.
The exhibition also showed art objects and religious objects. The religious
aspects of life were represented by the five bronze Buddha statues, which were
now situated in a Japanese garden. Design And Methods As the total museum
was due ...
Author: M. Xanthoudaki
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Researching Visual Arts Education in Museums and Galleries brings together case studies from Europe, Asia and North America, in a way that will lay a foundation for international co-operation in the future development and communication of practice-based research. The research in each of the cases directly stems from educational practice in very particular contexts, indicating at once the variety and detail of practitioners' concerns and their common interests.
19 During the exhibition-planning process for the new museum (1993–96), the
community advisory board—comprised predominantly of elders— recommended
that all things associated with the Midewiwin religion, including objects, music, ...
Author: Amy Lonetree
Publisher: UNC Press Books
Museum exhibitions focusing on Native American history have long been curator controlled. However, a shift is occurring, giving Indigenous people a larger role in determining exhibition content. In Decolonizing Museums, Amy Lonetree examines the complexities of these new relationships with an eye toward exploring how museums can grapple with centuries of unresolved trauma as they tell the stories of Native peoples. She investigates how museums can honor an Indigenous worldview and way of knowing, challenge stereotypical representations, and speak the hard truths of colonization within exhibition spaces to address the persistent legacies of historical unresolved grief in Native communities. Lonetree focuses on the representation of Native Americans in exhibitions at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, the Mille Lacs Indian Museum in Minnesota, and the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways in Michigan. Drawing on her experiences as an Indigenous scholar and museum professional, Lonetree analyzes exhibition texts and images, records of exhibition development, and interviews with staff members. She addresses historical and contemporary museum practices and charts possible paths for the future curation and presentation of Native lifeways.
Exploring the idea of the museum as a ritual site, this volume looks at contemporary experience across Europe and Africa to reveal the different ways in which various actors involved in cultural production dramatize and ritualize such ...
Author: Mary Bouquet
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Exploring the idea of the museum as a ritual site, this volume looks at contemporary experience across Europe and Africa to reveal the different ways in which various actors involved in cultural production dramatize and ritualize such places.