Art and public history : approaches, opportunities, and challenges / edited by Rebecca Bush and K. Tawny Paul.

Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2017]
xvii, 254 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.


American Association for State and Local History book series [More in this series]
Summary note
Art and Public History: Approaches, Opportunities, and Challenges examines the relationship between art and public history, outlining opportunities, challenges, and insights drawn from recent initiatives. With a special eye towards audience engagement and challenging historical narratives, all of the case studies and projects combine historical interpretation with contemporary and historical forms of visual art in unique and insightful ways. In addition to emphasizing the kind of practical advice found in the best case studies, this volume also offers a critical discussion of the concepts, tools, skills and technologies that contribute to fruitful interdisciplinary collaboration. These issues are addressed through sections on projects related to historical artworks; contemporary art and artists; and public art and the built environment. It addresses how public historians can incorporate art into their practice by outlining opportunities, challenges, and insights drawn from recent projects in the United States and Britain. These projects have taken place across a variety of platforms, including local and national history museums; art galleries; digital archives; classrooms; historical markers; and public art projects. The case studies incorporate the perspectives of different stakeholders, including public historians, artists, and audiences. The book will provide both public history practitioners and academics with useful guidance on how art can be integrated into public history initiatives, through critical discussion of tools, strategies, and technologies that contribute to fruitful collaboration and audience engagement across a variety of platforms. Readers will walk away with new ideas, strategies, and practical considerations for interdisciplinary projects to attract audiences in new ways. -- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • 1. Visual Art and the American Experience: Creating an Art Gallery in a History and Culture Museum / Tuliza Fleming
  • 2. Citizenship and Caricature: Teaching the American Past with Images / Jennifer M.
  • 3. Investigating the Past through Art: Opportunities for Museum Education / Heidi Moisan
  • 4. "The Art Museum Does History?": Building Connections and Relevancy within Multidisciplinary Museums / Rebecca Bush
  • 5. Coming Face to Face with the Past: Exploring Scottish History and National Identity through Portraiture / Tawny Paul
  • 6. Framing the Collaborative Process / Kirstie Tepper
  • 7. A Call for Proactive Public Historians / Nancy Dallett
  • 8. Savannah's Hidden Histories: Using Art and Historical Markers to Explore Local History / Christy Crisp
  • 9. Travelers, Tale-Telling, Truth, and Time / Rebecca Keller.
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