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ARTH 194 — The Innovations of World-Class Museums: The Guggenheim, the Smithsonian, and Beyond

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jun 27—Aug 1
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Jul 17
Unit: 1
Tuition: $240
Instructor(s): Christina J. Hodge
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on July 4
On-campus course
7:00—8:50 pm
Jun 27—Aug 1
5 weeks
Drop By
Jul 17
1 Unit
Christina J. Hodge
Please Note: No class on July 4
Today’s great museums are breaking out of traditional paradigms, reinventing their institutions for the 21st century and beyond. They are modernizing and innovating across many fronts, from their exhibitions to their collections and even their architecture. In this course, we will “visit” one of these grand institutions each week, exploring some of their most exciting and controversial projects. For example, we will study how the British Museum is embracing globalization and leading an information revolution via its online interactive Museum of the World partnership with Google Cultural Institute. We will look at how the Guggenheim is attempting to bring the business concept of franchising to the world of museums by opening franchised Guggenheims in Barcelona, Berlin, Abu Dhabi, and elsewhere. Architecture and design will be our focus as we study the Smithsonian’s newest museums, which rejected the white walls/white ceilings clean, neutral gallery space in favor of settings evoking the architecture, history, culture, and materials of the communities they showcase. Along the way, we will discuss how other famed museums leverage their pasts to reinvent their futures as artistic repositories, engines of expression, sites of memory and emotion, and centers for political change. This course will enrich students’ experiences as museumgoers and impart a new understanding of the powerful ways museum innovations both reflect and transform our world.

Christina J. Hodge, Academic Curator and Collections Manager, Stanford University Archaeology Collections (SUAC)

Christina J. Hodge is responsible for operations and planning at SUAC, and teaches museum exhibition for the Stanford Archaeology Center. Previously, she was a coordinator for academic partnerships and senior curatorial assistant at Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. She received an MA in archaeological heritage management and a PhD in historical archaeology from Boston University.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Marjorie Schwarzer , Riches, Rivals and Radicals: 100 Years of Museums in America, 2006 (ISBN 978-1-933253-75-6)