|Published online: November 22, 2014||$US5.00|
Historic house museums are perhaps a needed response to what Orhan Pamuk describes in his manifesto “state museums are so antiquated,” in which he calls for the abandonment of monumental, symbolic museums in favour of individualistic institutions. The ever-present historic house museum, while occupying a unique space within our cultural landscape vis-à-vis a focus on the individual and preceding modes of livelihood, is also challenged for mandating the narrativization and theatricalization of history. This paper examines the unique problematics of these spaces, while exploring how contemporary art installations can rebut convention and re-imagine the typology of the house museum. Focusing on three examples from sites in the United States, Australia and Canada, these contemporary interventions into historic and domestic spaces can potentially revise the mandate to account for alternative readings of the museum as text, while inviting a more meaningful visitor experience.
|Keywords:||House museum, heritage, historic house, art intervention, authenticity|
The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 6, Issue 4, December 2014, pp.79-86. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: November 22, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 499.081KB)).
Head of Exhibitions and Publications, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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