unit three
Culture as Artifact: Museum as Narrative & Ritual Space




cultural artifact: art museum space and ritual

reading assignments:

  • Carol Duncan, "The Art Museum as Ritual" & "Public Spaces, Private Interests" in Civilizing Rituals: Inside Public Art Museums (7-20); 48-59 (ELECTRONIC RESERVE)
  • The Theory Toolbox pp. 51- 68
  • CS Key Concept Handouts: Ritual & Symbol; Space, Place & Landscape

field work presentations i:
observing museum culture
(student field work reports on art institute of chicago)
professor's guidelines for student field work projects
Sample field work paper

at the end of this unit you should be able to define these key terms:

  • ritual
  • space & power

additional resources:

Student Class Notes pt 1 [student field work presentations] (c) Joseph Varrisco
Student Class Notes pt 2 [ritual, space, power, & Museums] (c) Joseph Varrisco

art institute of chicago

syllabus for theory & practice of the art museum course