Reflections of a Culture Broker

Paperback $27.95

Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press | Nov 17, 1997 | 315 Pages | 6-1/2 x 9 | ISBN 9781560987574

  • Paperback$27.95

    Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press | Nov 17, 1997 | 315 Pages | 6-1/2 x 9 | ISBN 9781560987574

  • Ebook$27.95

    Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press | Dec 10, 2014 | ISBN 9781935623656

Praise

Written by the director of the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Studies, this book is not an “official” accounting of Smithsonian policies, activities, and decisions but a personal essay based on firsthand knowledge. Intending to present a sorely needed casebook of professional practice for “culture brokers,” Kurin offers a descriptive and analytic view of the process by which various types of major cultural presentations such as exhibits, museums, and festivals are developed, enacted, and situated. Regarding the Enola Gay controversy, he discusses the complex concept of “the search for truth and narrative” within “multiparadigmatic, deconstructed frameworks that make multiple versions of reality a fact of life.” Kurin concludes that curation is process-oriented, not static, and is “a proactive effort to serve the public, increase understandability, and use the museum as a vehicle of inter- and intracultural communication.” This down-to-earth, enjoyable, and thought-provoking title is highly recommended.? (from Library Journal; Jennifer L.S. Moldwin, Detroit Inst. of Arts Lib. Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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