Do Museums Still Need Objects?–Now in Paperback

Do Museums Still Need Objects?
Steven Conn
272 pages | 6 x 9 | 34 illus.
Cloth 2009 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4190-7 | $39.95 | £26.00
Paper 2010 | ISBN 978-0-8122-2155-8 | $24.95 | £16.50
A volume in the Arts and Intellectual Life in Modern America series

Do Museums Still Need Objects?"Steven Conn offers a refreshing look at museums and many of the debates surrounding their development and practices over the past forty years. He is right to frame his inquiry by asking if museums still need objects. Too often these debates have ignored the very characteristic that defines museums and distinguishes them from all other cultural institutions: they collect, preserve, and present things. This is an important, timely book."–James Cuno, President and Director, Art Institute of Chicago

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