Museums in Motion: An Introduction to the History and by Edward P. Alexander

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In 1979, Edward P. Alexander's Museums in movement was once hailed as a much-needed addition to the museum literature. In combining the heritage of museums because the eighteenth century with a close exam of the functionality of museums and museum staff in smooth society, it served as a vital source for these trying to input to the museum career and for verified pros searching for an increased figuring out in their personal self-discipline. Now, Mary Alexander has produced a newly revised variation of the vintage textual content, bringing it the twenty-first century with assurance of rising developments, assets, and demanding situations. New fabric additionally contains a dialogue of the kid's museum as a unique kind of establishment and an exploration of the function pcs play in either outreach and standard in-person visits.

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Usually a royal collection formed its nucleus, but often the determined efforts of industrial and commercial leaders with able museum directors resulted in a museum taking its place as an important element of urban centers. In France the Louvre enjoyed rapid growth and soon filled the gaps in its galleries left by the return of the Napoleonic additions. In the international competition for archaeological discoveries, the Louvre got thousands of Greek vases and bronzes, the best Egyptian collection outside Cairo, and such striking individual masterpieces as the Venus de Milo and the Nike from Samothrace.

Luckhurst, The Story of Exhibitions, London: Studio Publications, 1951. 34. Stephen E. Weil, "From Being about Something to Being for Somebody: The Ongoing Transformation of the American Museum," Daedalus (Summer 1999): 229-258. 35. Arthur C. Parker, A Mantml for History Museunzs, New York: Columbia University Press, 1935, p. 19. 36. Duncan Cameron, "The Museum, a Temple or the Forum," Journal of World Histoiy 14, no. , Reinz~entiilgthe M u seuin: Htstorical atzd Coi~tenlporaryPerspectives on the Paradigltt Shift, Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, 2004.

Many of these community institutions were founded in the 1930s thanks to Roosevelt's Works Progress Administration. In the 1970s these art centers often developed as elements of urban revitalization projects taking over unused buildings such as schools and, in Alexandria, Virginia, a torpedo factory, abandoned since the end of World War 11. Organized by volunteer groups interested in art instruction (and frequently led by females), these centers do not generally care for collections, though in addition to classes they do offer public exhibitions based on juried competitions or visiting artists.

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