Controversy in museums: reading list

A preliminary reference list of publications addressing controversy in museums.

Appleby, J. (1999). The Diffusion of Knowledge and Controversy. Journal of Museum Education, 23(3), 7-9.

Boyd, W. (1999). Museums as Centres for Controversy. Daedalus, 128(3), 185-228.

Bunch, L.. (1995). Fighting the Good Fight: Museums In An Age Of Uncertainty. Museum News March/April, 32-35.

Butler, S. (1999). Contested Representations: Revisiting Into the Heart of Africa. Canada: Gordon & Breach.

Cameron, F. (2003). Transcending Fear - engaging emotions and opinions - a case for museums in the 21st century. Open Museum Journal, Vol 6 New Museum Developments and the Culture Wars.

Cooks, R. (1999). Is There a Way to Make Controversial Exhibits That Work? Journal of Museum Education, 23(3), 18-20.

Crouch, T. (1997). Risky business: some thoughts on controversial exhibitions. Museum International, 49(3), 8-13.

Durbin, S. (1999). Displays of Power: Controversy in the American Museum from the Enola Gay to Sensation. New York: New York University Press.

Ellison, J. (2003). Re-visioning the Media, Museums & Controversy: A Preliminary Case Study. Open Museum Journal, Vol 6 New Museum Developments and the Culture Wars.

Gurian, E. (1995). A Blurring Of The Boundaries. Curator 38(1), 31-38.

Hancocks, A. (1987). Museum Exhibition As A Tool For Social Awareness. Curator 30(3), 181-192.

Harris, N. (1995). Exhibiting Controversy. Museum News, 74(5), 36-39.

Harrison, J. (1994). Ideas for Museums in the 1990s. Museum Management and Curatorship, 13, 160-176.

Hawitt, M. (1996). An Exhibit Denied: Lobbying The History Of The Enola Gay. New York: Springer Verlag.

Issues Laboratory Collaborative. (1995). Communicating Controversy: Science Museums & Issues Education. Washington D.C: A.S.T. Centres.

Karp, I. & Lavine, S. (Eds). (1991). Exhibiting Cultures: The Poetics And Politics Of Museum Display. Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press.

Karp, I, Kreamer, C. & Lavine, S. (Eds). (1992). Museums And Communities: The Politics Of Public Culture. Washington D.C. and London: Smithsonian Institution Press.

McConnell, M. (1999). A Controversy Timeline, Journal of Museum Education, 23(3), 4-6.

Macdonald, S. & Fyfe, G. (Eds). (1996). Theorising Museums: Representing Identity & Diversity In A Changing World . Blackwell Publishers.

Macdonald, Sharon (Ed.). (1998). The Politics Of Display: Museums, Science, Culture. London: Routledge.

McDonald T. (2001). Developing Body Art Open Museum Journal, Vol 4 Taboo.

Mahoney, J. (1995). Controversy and Museums: Who Really Wins. Exhibitionist 14(2).

Noble, J. (1995). Controversial Exhibitions and Censorship. Curator, 38(2), 75-77.

Nochlin, L. (1999). Issues and Commentary: in the wake of the "Sensation" uproar, three observers address the work on view at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the controversy surrounding it. Art in America, 87(12), 37.

Noriega, C. (1999). On Museum Row: Aesthetics and the Politics of Exhibition. Daedalus, 128(3), 57-82.

Platt, G. (1990). Controversy: No Longer A Question Of If But When. Museum News, March/April, 40.

Sandell, R. (Ed.). (2001). Museums Society, Inequity. London: Routledge.

Szekeres V. (1992). Exhibiting Conflict - Who Dares? Artlink 12(1), 18-21.

Wallace, M. (1995). The Battle Of The Enola Gay. Museum News July/August, 40-45; 60-62.

Wallace, M. (Ed.). (1996). Mickey Mouse History and other Essays on American Memory. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Williams, C. (2001). Beyond Good and Evil? The Taboo in the Contemporary Museum: Strategies for negotiation and representation. Open Museum Journal, Vol 4 Taboo.


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