ARTH401/601  -  Cabinets of Curiosity: The History, Criticism and Aesthetics of Museums

Prof. Roann Barris

202 PF; ph: 831-6001; email:

fall 2013: office hours: all mornings and T 3-5

Zaha Hadid: National Center for Contemporary Arts (MAXXI) in Rome, just completed in Nov. 2009

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History and Typologies of Museums

The public survey museum

Museums which are not museums

Museums of modern art: public and private

Non-museum museums, pt 2: the house museum and the donor museum

Eco-museums and memorial museums

Other cultures, film, and science

Museum ethics

Museum architecture

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