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Museology & Curatorship - HOA00031I

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  • Department: History of Art
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Nicola Sinclair
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module summary

This module examines the museum, and in particular the temporary exhibition, as an institutional context in which works of art and architecture have been, and are, often produced, collected, displayed and interpreted.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Summer Term 2020-21

Module aims

This module examines the museum, and in particular the temporary exhibition, as an institutional context in which works of art and architecture have been, and are, often produced, collected, displayed and interpreted.

The module offers the opportunity to evaluate the effect of the display context on the interpretation of works of art and architecture through firsthand experience at The Bowes Museum, The Hepworth Wakefield, and other local museums. On site we will engage with curators and other art world professionals working with both collections and exhibitions.

The module provides an enhanced understanding of art history as it operates beyond an academic context. It is assessed through a group project that uses the kind of tasks undertaken by museum professionals, as well as giving students some experience of the kind of group activity they might experience in a working environment.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, a student should:

  • Have some understanding of the significance of the different ways in which art has been and is collected, housed, displayed and interpreted.
  • Have a greater awareness of the benefits and challenges of encountering art and architecture in museum and galleries.
  • Have some understanding of the range of art historical practice which takes place beyond the university.
  • Be able to work in a group.

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Assessed Essay
N/A 50
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Group Project Presentation
N/A 50

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Reassessment Essay
N/A 100

Module feedback

Students will receive feedback on summative assessment within 20 working days.

Indicative reading

  • Edward Alexander, Museums in Motion: An introduction to the history and function of museums (Nashville: Amercan Association for State and Local History, 1987)
  • John Elsner and Roger Cardinal eds., The Cultures of Collecting (London: Reaktion Books, 1994)
  • Eilean Hooper-Greenhill, Museums and the Shaping of Knowledge (London: 1992)
  • Marcia Pointon ed., Art Apart: Art institutions and ideology across England and North America (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1994)
  • Kim Sloan ed., Enlightenment: discovering the world in the eighteenth century (London: British Museum Press, 2003)
  • Adrian Tinniswood, The Polite Tourist: A history of country house visiting (London, 1998)
  • Peter Vergo ed., The New Museology (London, 1989)



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