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The Exhibition as Curriculum: Doing Art History

Ann E. Calvert
Visual Arts Research
Vol. 18, No. 2 (Fall 1992), pp. 74-81
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20715783
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Abstract

Art museums teach art historical concepts by teaching cultural history in the broad sense, by presenting the history of particular works and artists, or by presenting programs that encourage appreciation and connoisseurship. In addition, the art museum offers particular advantages for teaching art historical research processes. This paper describes an exhibition of local artworks and artifacts that was an integral part of a study project in art history. The structure of the exhibition and its didactic materials provided a vehicle for teaching high school students a process of investigating art historical events using a cultural contextual approach. The museum setting was uniquely suited to individual explorations of the purposes, production, form, and significance of works made by artists in the community and region over the past one hundred years.

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