AR117-4-SP-CO:
Collect, Curate, Display: A Short History of the Museum

The details
2020/21
Art History and Theory
Colchester Campus
Spring
Undergraduate: Level 4
Current
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
15
11 May 2020

 

Requisites for this module
(none)
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Key module for

BA V351 Curating,
BA V352 Curating (Including Year Abroad),
BA V353 Curating (including Placement Year),
BA V359 Curating (Including Foundation Year),
BA V35B Curating (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad)

Module description

This module offers an introduction to the history of museums and galleries. It combines a historical and theoretical investigation of the subject with some hands-on curatorial assignments.

We will consider the basic human instinct to collect and the creation of the first museums. We will examine ideas about taxonomy, ordering the world and the first museum spaces of display, asking questions about privilege and power. How have museums and galleries shaped history and science? What ethical issues are there today around these spaces? Should tobacco, oil and arms companies sponsor museums? Can museums be tools of 'urban regeneration'? Do online archives and 3D scanning make museums themselves obsolete institutions?

Module aims

The aims of the module are:

to introduce students to the complex history of the museum;

to introduce students to the different types of documents and writing associated with museum practice, including object labels and mission statements;

to enable students to think critically about different types of museums and their ideological, political and social motivations.

Module learning outcomes

A foundational knowledge of the history and theory of museums and galleries

A knowledge of key debates in the history of curating

A familiarity with some basic curatorial practices

An ability to think critically and argue about these debates and practices

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

There will be a two-hour combined lecture and seminar each week. All teaching events will be accessible to students on and off campus either face-to-face or remotely through online teaching. Week 21 is reading week.

Bibliography*

This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   1000 word essay    25% 
Coursework   1500 word essay    30% 
Coursework   Slide test    25% 
Practical   Presentation    20% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Gavin Grindon, email: ggrindon@essex.ac.uk.
Gavin Grindon
spahinfo@essex.ac.uk Email: bbrick@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
Yes
Yes
No

External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Resources
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.

 

Further information
Art History and Theory

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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