Art and Public History: Approaches, Opportunities, and Challenges provides 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 collaboration and engagement across a variety of platforms.
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.
List of Illustrations
Rebecca Bush and Tawny Paul
1. Visual Art and the American Experience: Creating an Art Gallery in a History and Culture Museum
2. Citizenship and Caricature: Teaching the American Past with Images
Jennifer M. Black
3. Investigating the Past through Art: Opportunities for Museum Education
Megan Clark and Heidi Moisan
4. “The art museum does history?”: Building Connections and Relevancy within Multidisciplinary Museums
5. Coming Face-to-Face with the Past: Exploring Scottish History and National Identity through Portraiture
6. Framing the Collaborative Process
Teresa Bramlette Reeves, Julia Brock, and Kirstie Tepper
7. A Call for Proactive Public Historians
8. Savannah's Hidden Histories: Using Art and Historical Markers to Explore Local History
Holly Goldstein and Christy Crisp
9. Travelers, Tale-telling, Truth, and Time
Rebecca Bush and Tawny Paul
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