This week I also posted a book review of Neil Thompson’s, A Curious Man, on the University of Toronto Museum Studies’ Blog, Musings. While the book was mainly a biography of Robert Ripley, it still posed some good questions relevant to the Museum community, including, can we consider Ripley “Odditoriums,” both then and now, Museums? There is a debate within the art community over whether mass produced art can really be considered “art”? Ripley entertainment owns 32 Odditoriums worldwide, can a mass produced museum, constructed specifically for tourists be a real museum? Or do our conceptions of what a museum is, dismiss Ripley Odditoriums as simply kitschy and tacky tourist traps? It’s an interesting thing to think about.
Read the whole review here.
I want to share another interesting post with everyone taken from the University of Toronto’s Museum Studies Blog, Musings As someone who has studied Native Canadian history I found this incredibly interesting to read. It is true that growing up, Aboriginal history was not necessarily a part of our curriculum; you learned that they existed, but that’s about it. Nothing about the tragedies faced. While Native history is not the only thing conveniently left out of grade school curriculums (I did not learn about Japanese internment until high school, or the history of slavery in Canada until university) the “100 Year of Loss Initiative,” is a step in correcting an education system that has largely been Euro-centric.
Hi everyone, I’ve recently started writing for the University of Toronto’s Museum Studies Blog Musings (It’s a once a month gig where I post reviews about exhibitions in the GTA) Check it out, there are a lot of cool things being written about in the museum world.