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The Resource A living exhibition : the Smithsonian and the transformation of the universal museum, William S. Walker

A living exhibition : the Smithsonian and the transformation of the universal museum, William S. Walker

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A living exhibition : the Smithsonian and the transformation of the universal museum
Title
A living exhibition
Title remainder
the Smithsonian and the transformation of the universal museum
Statement of responsibility
William S. Walker
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Language
eng
Summary
Since its founding in 1846 for the increase and diffusion of knowledge, the Smithsonian Institution has been an important feature of the American cultural landscape. In A Living Exhibition, William S. Walker examines the tangled history of cultural exhibition at the Smithsonian from its early years to the chartering of the National Museum of the American Indian in 1989. He tracks the transformation of the institution from its original ideal as a universal museum intended to present the totality of human experience to the variegated museum and research complex of today. Walker pays particular attention to the half century following World War II, when the Smithsonian significantly expanded. Focusing on its exhibitions of cultural history, cultural anthropology, and folk life, he places the Smithsonian within the larger context of Cold War America and the social movements of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Organized chronologically, the book uses the lens of the Smithsonian s changing exhibitions to show how institutional decisions become intertwined with broader public debates about pluralism, multiculturalism, and decolonization. Yet if a trend toward more culturally specific museums and exhibitions characterized the postwar history of the institution, its leaders and curators did not abandon the vision of the universal museum. Instead, Walker shows, even as the Smithsonian evolved into an extensive complex of museums, galleries, and research centers, it continued to negotiate the imperatives of cultural convergence as well as divergence, embodying both a desire to put everything together and a need to take it all apart
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1978-
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Walker, William S.
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Public history in historical perspective
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  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Museum exhibits
  • Public history
  • United States
  • Objets exposés
  • Histoire appliquée
  • Cultural policy
  • Museum exhibits
  • Public history
  • United States
Label
A living exhibition : the Smithsonian and the transformation of the universal museum, William S. Walker
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: the changing universal museum -- The universal museum: shaping cultural exhibition at the Smithsonian -- History and technology: a new museum, a new era -- Open education: the Festival of American Folklife and the transformation of space at the Smithsonian -- Inclusion or separation? The Anacostia Neighborhood Museum and the Festival of American Folklife's American Indian programs -- Finding national unity through cultural diversity: the Smithsonian and the Bicentennial -- A family of humankind: the making and unmaking of a museum of man at the Smithsonian -- Epilogue: Is it possible to see it all?
Control code
823041553
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xi, 291 pages
Isbn
9781625340269
Lccn
2013009434
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
WorldCat record variable field(s) change: 650
Other control number
40022594659
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)823041553
Label
A living exhibition : the Smithsonian and the transformation of the universal museum, William S. Walker
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: the changing universal museum -- The universal museum: shaping cultural exhibition at the Smithsonian -- History and technology: a new museum, a new era -- Open education: the Festival of American Folklife and the transformation of space at the Smithsonian -- Inclusion or separation? The Anacostia Neighborhood Museum and the Festival of American Folklife's American Indian programs -- Finding national unity through cultural diversity: the Smithsonian and the Bicentennial -- A family of humankind: the making and unmaking of a museum of man at the Smithsonian -- Epilogue: Is it possible to see it all?
Control code
823041553
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xi, 291 pages
Isbn
9781625340269
Lccn
2013009434
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
WorldCat record variable field(s) change: 650
Other control number
40022594659
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)823041553

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