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Displays of Power: Memory and Amnesia in the American Museum

Displays of Power: Memory and Amnesia in the American Museum (Hardback)

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Museums have become ground zero in America's culture wars. Whereas fierce public debates once centered on provocative work by upstart artists, the scrutiny has now expanded to mainstream cultural institutions and the ideas they present. In Displays of Power, Steven Dubin, whose Arresting Images was deemed "masterly" by the New York Times, examines the most controversial exhibitions of the 1990s. These include shows about ethnicity, slavery, Freud, the Old West, and the dropping of the atomic bomb by the Enola Gay. This new edition also includes a preface by the author detailing the recent Sensation! controversy at the Brooklyn Museum. Displays of Power draws directly upon interviews with many key combatants: museum administrators, community activists, curators, and scholars. It authoritatively analyzes these episodes of America struggling to redefine itself in the late 20th century.

Architecture & DesignArchitectureIndividual architects, architectural firms, regional stylesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCultural StudiesPopular cultureReference & ResearchMuseums & museologyTravel & MapsTravel & holiday guidesMuseum, historic sites, gallery & art guides Publisher: New York University Press Publication Date: 01/04/1999 ISBN-13: 9780814718896  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Steven C. Dubin's most recent book, Arresting Images, was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year (1992). He is the Director of the Media, Society, and the Arts Program at the State University of New York, Purchase.

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