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Foreword / Lynn Szwaja and Tomas Ybarra-Frausto xi

Preface: Museum Frictions: A Project History / Ivan Karp and Corinne A. Kratz xv

Introduction: Museum Frictions: Public Cultures/Global Transformations / Corinne A. Kratz and Ivan Karp 1

Part 1. Exhibitionary Complexes

Exhibitionary Complexes / Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett 35

Exhibition, Difference, and the Logic of Culture / Tony Bennett 46

The Reappearance of the Authentic / Martin Hall 70

Document: 5:29:24 AM / Joseph Masco 102

Transforming Museums on Postapartheid Tourist Routes / Leslie Witz 107

Isn't This a Wonderful Place? (A Tour of a Tour of the Guggenheim Bilbao) / Andrea Fraser 135

World Heritage and Cultural Economics / Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett 161

Document: The U.S. Department of Retro, The Onion 203

Part 2. Tactical Museologies

Tactical Museologies / Gustavo Buntinx and Ivan Karp 207

Communities of Sense/Communities of Sentiment: Globalization and the Museum Void in an Extreme Periphery / Gustavo Buntinx 219

Document: Declaration on the Importance and Value of Universal Museums 247

Document: Art Museums and the International Exchange of Cultural Artifacts, Association of Art Museum Directors 250

Document: Museo Salinas: A Proactive Space Within the Legal Frame, Some Words from the Director, Vicente Razo 253

Musings on Museums from Phnom Penh / Ingrid Muan 257

Community Museums, Memory Politics, and Social Transformation in South Africa: Histories, Possibilities, and Limits / Ciraj Rassool 286

Community Museums and Global Connections: The Union of Community Museums in Oaxaca / Cuauhtemoc Camarena and Teresa Morales 322

Part 3. Remapping the Museum

Remapping the Museum / Corinne A. Kratz and Ciraj Rassool 347

The Museum Outdoors: Heritage, Cattle, and Permeable Borders in the Southwestern Kruger National Park / David Bunn 357

Document: Baghdad Lions to Be Relocated to South Africa 392

Revisiting the Old Plantation: Reparations, Reconciliation, and Museumizing American Slavery / Fath Davis Ruffins 394

Shared Heritage, Contested Terrain: Cultural Negotiation and Ghana's Cape Coast Castle Museum Exhibition "Crossroads of People, Crossroads of Trade" / Christine Mullen Kreamer 435

Sites of Persuasion: Yingapungapu at the National Museum of Australia / Howard Morphy 469

Document: Destroying While Preserving Junkanoo: The Junkanoo Museum in the Bahamas / Krista A. Thompson 500

The Complicity of Cultural Production: The Contingencies of Performance in Globalizing Museum Practices / Fred Myers 504

Bibliography 537

Contributors 577

Index 583

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A collection that examines how museums operate in an increasingly global environment, drawing on an international cast of museum curators and intellectuals.

About the Author

Ivan Karp is National Endowment for the Humanities Professor and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Public Scholarship at Emory University. He has coedited numerous books, including Museums and Communities: The Politics of Public Culture and Exhibiting Cultures: The Poetics and Politics of Museum Display.Corinne A. Kratz is Professor of Anthropology and African Studies and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Public Scholarship at Emory University. She is the author of The Ones That Are Wanted: Communication and the Politics of Representation in a Photographic Exhibition.Lynn Szwaja is Program Director for Theology at the Henry Luce Foundation.Tomas Ybarra-Frausto was, until retirement in 2005, Associate Director for Creativity and Culture at the Rockefeller Foundation. In 1998, he was awarded the Joseph Henry Medal for "exemplary contributions to the Smithsonian Institution."


"Museum Frictions is not just a worthy successor to the preceding volumes Exhibiting Cultures and Museums and Communities, but a major leap forward. In the face of dramatic changes in the museum world during the past fifteen years, the last two volumes still remain a major platform for framing debate. I am confident that Museum Frictions will provide a similar service for the next fifteen."--Doran H. Ross, Director Emeritus of the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History "Just as Exhibiting Cultures and Museums and Communities set the agenda for museum debate over the last decade, Museum Frictions sets the agenda for the next. This is a wonderful book that must be read by anybody with an interest in museums, their transformations, dilemmas, challenges, politics, and futures."--Sharon Macdonald, editor of A Companion to Museum Studies "This marvelous and broad-ranging compendium by an eminent group of scholars provides a thinking person's guide to contemporary museum work. It tackles the philosophical issues curators, directors, and professionals face in the art of cultural representation. How do you get the world's diverse people to talk to each other in meaningful and significant ways? This book provides the intellectual tools for doing so, dealing cogently and adeptly with the complexity of globalization, conflicting perspectives, and the noise proffered by popular media. For a long book with large themes, it reads amazingly well."--Richard Kurin, Director of the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian Institution "Museum Frictions is a landmark publication which decenters the Western-centric bias of the existing literature. It shifts critical museology into a new register by challenging readers to think about the multiple ways that the globalization of a Western institution is transforming not only the dynamics of social interaction around the world but also the institutional nature of the museum itself."--Ruth B. Phillips, coeditor of Sensible Objects: Colonialism, Museums, and Material Culture

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