The Resource Things American : art museums and civic culture in the Progressive Era, Jeffrey Trask

Things American : art museums and civic culture in the Progressive Era, Jeffrey Trask

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Things American : art museums and civic culture in the Progressive Era
Title
Things American
Title remainder
art museums and civic culture in the Progressive Era
Statement of responsibility
Jeffrey Trask
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Language
eng
Summary
"Things American gives us, at last, a history of the Metropolitan Museum of Art based on genuine archival materials. Moreover, it reorients our thinking about art museums in the United States, demonstrating that there were important democratic, utilitarian, and civic impulses at work behind them. The book also broadens our thinking about progressivism, reminding us how it shaped art museums and how those museum-related programs it spawned continued beyond World War I."--Steven Conn, author of Do Museums Still Need Objects? American art museums of the Gilded Age were established as civic institutions intended to provide civilizing influences to an urban public, but the parochial worldview of their founders limited their democratic potential. Instead, critics have derided nineteenth-century museums as temples of spiritual uplift far removed from the daily experiences and concerns of common people. But in the early twentieth century, a new generation of cultural leaders revolutionized ideas about art institutions by insisting that their collections and galleries serve the general public. Things American: Art Museums and Civic Culture in the Progressive Era tells the story of the civic reformers and arts professionals who brought museums from the realm of exclusivity into the progressive fold of libraries, schools, and settlement houses. Jeffrey Trask's history focuses on New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, which stood at the center of this movement to preserve artifacts from the American past for social change and Americanization. Metropolitan trustee Robert de Forest and pioneering museum professional Henry Watson Kent influenced a wide network of fellow reformers and cultural institutions. Drawing on the teachings of John Dewey and close study of museum developments in Germany and Great Britain, they expanded audiences, changed access policies, and broadened the scope of what museums collect and display. They believed that tasteful urban and domestic environments contributed to good citizenship and recognized the economic advantages of improving American industrial production through design education. Trask follows the influence of these people and ideas through the 1920s and 1930s as the Met opened its innovative American Wing while simultaneously promoting modern industrial art. Things American is not only the first critical history of the Metropolitan Museum. The book also places museums in the context of the cultural politics of the progressive movement--illustrating the limits of progressive ideas of democratic reform as well as the boldness of vision about cultural capital promoted by museums and other cultural institutions. Jeffrey Trask teaches at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst
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CN8ML
Dewey number
708.1309
Index
index present
LC call number
N510
LC item number
.T73 2012eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Things American : art museums and civic culture in the Progressive Era, Jeffrey Trask
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OldControl:muse9780812205657
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not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn794700697
Edition
1st ed
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780812205657
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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.b29270066
Specific material designation
remote
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  • (OCoLC)794700697
  • pebcs0812205650

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