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African Art ReframedReflections and Dialogues on Museum Culture$
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Bennetta Jules-Rosette and J. R. Osborn

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043277

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043277.001.0001

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Museums Speak Out

Museums Speak Out

Curators’ Dialogues

(p.123) Chapter 4 Museums Speak Out
African Art Reframed

Bennetta Jules-Rosette

J.R. Osborn

University of Illinois Press

Based on extensive interviews with museum curators and directors, this chapter curates the curators. It identifies curatorial networks, strategies, and practices that shape the narratives used in assembling collections and mounting exhibitions. Curatorial networks demonstrate the relevance of a nodal theory of museums and the ways in which curators are able to organize exhibitions. Interviews include representatives of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, the Fowler Museum, the Musée de l’Homme, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the African Museum Casa del Rey Moro, the Africa and Beyond Gallery, and independent curators. Museum narratives and curatorial networks coalesce to generate the bureaucratic and art worlds shared by museums at all nodes. The interviews demonstrate outcomes from dynamic museum environments in transition.

Keywords:   curators, curatorial networks, interviews, museum narratives, art worlds

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