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AHI 110: Cultural History of Museums (4)

Lecture/discussion–3 hours; term paper.  Evolution of museums in the western world from the “cabinet of curiosities” of sixteenth-century Europe to the modern “art center.”  The changing motives behind collecting, exhibiting, and interpretation of objects.  Attention to museums’ historical legacies and continuing philosophical dilemmas.  Offered in alternate years. 

GE credit: ArtHum|AH, VL, WE.

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