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Museums as communal spaces

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Museums as communal spaces

McMaster, Jenny (2009) Museums as communal spaces. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This thesis asks the questions "How does the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts' outreach program make its collection relevant and accessible to members of local communities," and "How does the MMFA's outreach program effect these community members' relationship to the Museum?" This study is informed by Douglas Worts' call to establish meaningful and responsive communication between museums and the diverse and emerging cultural realities of their local communities. It is also informed by Nicholas Bourriaud's "relational aesthetic" in which artworks are judged based upon the inter-human relations which they represent, produce or prompt. The chosen methodology is "educational criticism" which involves describing, analysing, interpreting, and evaluating everyday school activity in order to understand it more fully. Data was collected through a series of observations and interviews with museum staff, community workers and participants.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Art Education
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:McMaster, Jenny
Pagination:vi, 144 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Art Education
Date:2009
Thesis Supervisor(s):Mullen, C
ID Code:976496
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:22 Jan 2013 16:27
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:42
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