Starts 7th March 2-4pm
7 March 2024 - 28 March 2024
This four-week introductory course lifts the lid on museums - their histories, their controversies, and their impacts. While public museums have often cultivated an air of ancient authority and timelessness, they are a relatively recent phenomenon, and are still shaped by eighteenth- and nineteenth-century notions and preoccupations. In particular, this course focuses on the relationship between museums and art, and illuminates how practices including collection, conservation, and display can foreclose as well as create understandings of art. Completing this course will give you new insights for visiting museums with, and will highlight the status of museums as complex artefacts in their own right.
Rosie Ibbotson is Senior Lecturer in Art History and Theory at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha University of Canterbury.