preservation audiovisual film motion picture training education masters degree digital copyright conservation
Professor Antonia Lant
H72. 1801. 719: Contemporary Cultural Institutions (2 points)
Class meets in 719 Broadway, Room 603, various Mondays during the semester, 12:30-4:30 pm. Lant office hours: 719 Broadway, Rm. 612, Tues, 10-12. Tel: 212-998-1612 firstname.lastname@example.org
This course examines the different kinds of institutions that collect and manage moving image material: museums of art, natural history, and cinema; libraries; local historical societies; and others. It compares and contrasts these institutions, by examining their organizational structures (including trends in staffing and the role of individual departments), their respective missions and operational ethics, their fund-raising strategies, their audiences and outreach efforts, and their use of digitization.
- an observational study of two cultural institutions for presentation early in the semester (20%);
- a detailed study of a museum of the moving image and its history, for presentation in the last class (40%);
- current news on cultural institutions. Each student needs to submit to me (by email, or hard copy), four items/articles on topics relevant to the course, 2 before midterm, and 2 by the end of the semester (10%).
- class attendance, keeping up with the readings, presenting readings, participation in class, including during field trips (20%).
- 1-2 pages of comments, emailed to me, of your observations following the fieldtrips to MMI and AMNH (10%)
NB: The readings and topics on this syllabus may be added to, and change during the semester. Students are responsible for following such changes. In addition, due to variations in the lengths of discussion, questions, and visual materials, we may not actually discuss all the readings listed in the syllabus. However, they are important and their content supports the class assignments.
All readings will be put on reserve at Bobst.
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Class 1) Mon 22 Jan, 12:30-4:30. Introduction.
What institutions collect moving images?
- Comparative analysis of different types of institution.
- Discussion of observational study assignments.
- Alain Resnais, Toute la Mémoire du Monde (1956, 21 minutes, black and white, VHS).
- Hein, Hilde S. "Introduction: From Object to Experience" in The Museum in Transition: A Philosophical Perspective. (Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2000): 1-16.
- Weil, Stephen E. "The Proper Business of the Museum: Ideas or Things?" in Rethinking the Museum and Other Meditations. Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Institution Press, 1990: 43-56.
- Alexander Horwath, "The Market vs. the Museum," Journal of Film Preservation (Nov 2005).
- Nicola Mazzanti, "Response to Alexander Horwath," Journal of Film Preservation (Nov 2005).
Class 2) Mon 12 Feb, Observational Studies. Student presentations.Read:
- Falk, John H., "Pushing the Boundaries: Assessing the Long-term Impact of Museum Experiences," in Current Trends in Audience Research and Evaluation (vol. II) (AAM Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation: LA, May 1998): 1-5.
- Korn, Randi, et. al. "Perceptions and Attitudes about Modern Art," in Current Trends in Audience Research and Evaluation (vol. II) (AAM Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation: LA, May 1998): 36-42.
- Gyllenhaal, Eric. D. "Communicating Behind-the-Scenes Research to Museum Visitors: Evaluations of Temporary Exhibitions at the Field Museum," in Current Trends in Audience Research and Evaluation (vol. II) (AAM Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation: LA, May 1998): 15-24.
- Korn, Randi, "Studying your Visitors: Where to Begin," History News 49:2 (March/April 1994).
Class 3) Mon 26 Feb Organizational Structures of Institutions; their Ethics and Values.
Michael Stoller, Director of Collections and Research Services, Bobst Library. 3:00pm.
- On-line mission statements of FIAF, American Association of Museums (AAM), AIC (American Institute of Conservators), SCMS and AMIA.
- Malaro, Marie C. ((2002). "Legal and Ethical Foundations of Museum Collecting Policies" in Lipinski, Tomas (ed.) Libraries, Museums, and Archives: Legal Issues and Ethical Challenges in the New Information Era, Lantham, MD: Scarecrow, pp 69-82.
- Kurin, Richard. "Exhibiting the Enola Gaye" in Reflections of a Culture Broker: A View From the Smithsonian. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1997, pp 71-82.
- Krug, Judith ((2002). "Censorship and Controversial Materials in Museums, Libraries, and Archives" in Lipinski, Tomas (ed.) Libraries, Museums, and Archives: Legal Issues and Ethical Challenges in the New Information Era, Lantham, MD: Scarecrow, pp 59-68.
- Woodbury, Marsha ((2002). "The Fight of the Century? Information Ethics versus E-Commerce" in Lipinski, Tomas (ed.) Libraries, Museums, and Archives: Legal Issues and Ethical Challenges in the New Information Era, Lantham, MD: Scarecrow, pp 177-192.
- Iverson, Sandy. "Librarianship and Resistance." Progressive Librarian 15 (Winter 1998/99).
- Ernst van de Wetering, "Conservation-restoration ethics and the problem of modern art" from Modern Art: Who Cares? http://www.incca.org/Dir003/INCCA/CMT/text.nsf/0/86F3B66ED79F222AC1 256E450036A6B9?opendocument not on reserve.
- The FIAF Code of Ethics. http://www.fiafnet.org/uk/members/ethics.cfm
- ALA's Code of Ethics. http://www.ala.org/ala/oif/statementspols/codeofethics/codeethics.htm
Class 4) Mon 5th March, 12:30-4:30. Visit to Museum of Moving Image
- Museum entrance is on 35th Avenue at the corner of 36th Street in Astoria. Use the R or V to Steinway subway stop in Queens. There is an R station opposite TSOA. Allow 40 minutes travel time from TSOA.
- review MMI website
- Reshaping Museum Space: Architecture, Design, Exhibitions ed. Suzanne MacLeod (Routledge: NY, 2005), Ch. 9 (Lee H. Skolnick, "Towards a New Museum Architecture: narrative and representation"). Ch. 16 (Peter Higgins, "From Cathedral of culture to anchor attractor"), Ch. 17 (Stephen Greenberg, "The Vital Museum").
12-16 March, Spring Break
Class 5) Mon 19 March, 12:30-4:30. Visit American Museum of Natural History
Hosted by Barbara Mathe. Meet at the Museum at 12:30pm. More precise instructions to follow by email.
- Review the website for American Museum of Natural History.
- Kevin F. McCarthy, et al. Gifts of the Muse: Reframing the Debate about the Benefits of the Arts ((Rand: Santa Monica, 2004): Ch 1, 2, 5. (Read more if time.)
Week of 19 or 26 March, required visit to office hours.
Class 6) Mon 26 March 12:30-4:30 pm. Fundraising.
Guests from development office of MoMA.
- Vanni, "Deeds of Gift: Caressing the Hand that Feeds," in Lipinski, Tomas (ed.) Libraries, Museums, and Archives: Legal Issues and Ethical Challenges in the New Information Era, Lantham, MD: Scarecrow 1-29.
- Kotler, Neil and Philip Kotler, Museum Strategy and Marketing (Jossey-Bass: San Francisco, 1998): 287-319.
- Ann Wilson Lloyd, "If the Museum Itself is an Artwork, What About the Art Inside?" New York Times (24 January 2004): 29, 32. Not on reserve. Find on line.
- Take an hour to read some of the responses to the Nov 2004 re-opening of MoMA, using Pro-quest, or similar. Is there any commentary on the media galleries?
- (Optional.) Heilbrun, James and Charles M. Gray, The Economics of Art and Culture (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2001): 250-307.
Class 7) Mon 16 April, 12:30-4:30. Final presentations
- Trope, Alison, "Le Cinéma pour le cinéma," The Moving Image 1:1 (Spring 2001): 30-67.