Cultural Interaction and the Museum
As I look for insight about myself, my culture, and how they relate to each other, I have turned to Art History and the museum.
The notion " that museums hold the stored material culture of the past," is intriguing.
According to Leeds,(thats me), Art is a reflection of a culture at a specific point in time. Art History is being the recorded part.
If according to Pearce,(author of school Art History book), and Leeds these postulates hold true, then it would be probable that a great place to look for the answer of how we got to this time and place would be a museum.
I also learned by a field trip, that a museum has different faces. The museum I visited, Orange County Museum, was not what I expected. It was an Art Museum but not one that depicted past years of human endeavors. The exhibits were on the cutting edge with futuristic thought and folly. Maybe we are getting a glimpse of the future currents or maybe we are getting to see someone’s washed out wave. In either event, it proves that not all museum faces are the same. It does bring to mind the questions of who chooses exhibits that are to be seen and what is the purpose or intent of the person(s) that makes these choices?
“Power relations within museums and galleries are skewed towards the collecting subject who makes decisions in relation to space, time, and visibility; in other words as to what may be viewed, how it should be seen, and when this is possible.”
According to Leeds, in a frivolous effort to be noticed, man compares himself to what he thinks is great work, thus mingling and promoting himself. If he is the only authoritative figure at this time, it’s a good chance he will get away with it, for history marches on and all we will have to compare of his time is what he has written.
“Knowledge is now well understood as the commodity that museums offer.”
“Discover how one man’s vision can change the way you look at the world.”
" Museums and galleries can alter perception and can contribute to knowledge."