Museums are dynamic spaces undergoing major shifts in policy and ethics, since, historically, they have been sites of contention for many reasons. In this unit, students will gain insight into changes in museum policies on housing controversial art and culturally significant items.
Lowry, G.D. 1998. “Cultural Property: A Museum Director’s Perspective.” International Journal of Cultural Property 7 (2): 438–445.
White, Shelby. 1998. “A Collector’s Odyssey.” International Journal of Cultural Property 7 (1): 170–176.
Article: New Yorker’s “Den of Antiquity: The Met Defends Its Treasures”
Article: The Guardian’s “Should Museums Return Their Colonial Artefacts?”
Article: The New York Review of Books’ “Whose Culture Is It?”
Code: American Alliance of Museums’ Code of Ethics for Museums
TED Talk: Neil MacGregor’s “2,600 Years of History in One Object”
Eshe Lewis (2020)