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On display : a localized study of exhibitions of antiquities from the Mediterranean and Egypt

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dc.contributor.author Grady, Gillian Leigh
dc.date.accessioned 2011-08-19T16:46:46Z
dc.date.available 2011-08-19T16:46:46Z
dc.date.copyright 2011 en
dc.date.issued 2011-08-19
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2429/36784
dc.description.abstract The museum world is constantly facing new challenges about how to utilize its collections in order to engage visitors and tap into new audiences. The antiquities of the ancient Mediterranean and Egypt have consistently been on display in various exhibitions and museums in the United States. Using the city of Philadelphia as a geographical locus, this paper will examine the success and shortcomings of various styles of exhibition. Using new museum theory from Janet Marstine and the concept of the social life of things by Arjun Appadurai, this paper examines the exhibits, the motivation behind them, and their relative success. The blockbuster-style exhibit can be financially beneficial but may compromise museum missions, while more traditional style exhibits lack the ability to interact with new and large audiences but are often the site of technological innovation. Museums must engage various styles of exhibition to remain stable and viable as cultural institutions. en
dc.language.iso eng en
dc.publisher University of British Columbia en
dc.title On display : a localized study of exhibitions of antiquities from the Mediterranean and Egypt en
dc.type Electronic Thesis or Dissertation en
dc.degree.name Master of Arts - MA en
dc.degree.discipline Ancient Culture, Religion and Ethnicity en
dc.degree.grantor University of British Columbia en
dc.date.graduation 2011-11 en
dc.degree.campus UBCV en
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en

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