A collection of outstanding analyses of museums in the South Pacific, written by cultural, museum and architectural critics, and historians. A series of snapshots introduce the reader to key museums in the region and longer essays explore these museums in broad terms.
Contents: 01 Experiments in culture: An introduction 02 Reforming nationhood: The free market and biculturalism at Te Papa 03 Museums of New Caledonia: The old, the new and the balance of the two 04 Contested sites of identity and the cult of the new: The Centre Culturel Tjibaou and the constitution of culture in New Caledonia 05 National Museum of Australia 06 Pluralism and exhibition practice at the National Museum of Australia 07 Melbourne Museum 08 Civic laboratories: Museums, cultural objecthood and the governance of the social 09 Museums as cultural guardians 10 The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa 11 There’s so much in looking at those barks: Dja Dja Wurrung etchings 2004–05 12 Gab Titui Cultural Centre 13 The museum as cultural agent: The Vanuatu Cultural Centre extension worker program 14 Tuning the museum: The harmonics of official culture 15 Bunjilaka 16 Very special treatment 17 Hiroshima mon amour: Representation and violence in new museums of the Pacific 18 The Auckland War Memorial Museum, Tamaki Paenga Hira 19 The National Museum of Australia as danse macabre: Baroque allegories of the popular 20 The Museum of Sydney 21 How style came to matter: Do we need to move beyond the politics of representation? 22 The Australian Centre for the Moving Image 23 Spirit house
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Field of Research
210204 Museum Studies
Socio Economic Objective
970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture