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By Carol Duncan

Illustrated with over fifty images, Civilizing Rituals merges modern debates with vigorous dialogue and explores critical concerns occupied with the making and showing of artwork as and the way it really is offered to the community.

Carol Duncan appears at how international locations, associations and personal contributors current artwork , and the way paintings museums are formed by way of cultural, social and political determinants.

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John Cotton Dana iJII «0 •FPU i . ft*,, < i All 1 New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art was born in Paris in 1866, at a Fourth of July celebration dinner. It was proposed by John Jay, a prominent New Yorker who thought that America's first city should have a cultural monument worthy of its importance, one that (at some future date) would hopefully rival the Louvre and other great European art museums. Jay did In late nineteenth-century America, when the boom in museum building began, the idea of the public art museum as a site of learning and uplifting pleasure - a palace that offers its treasures to all who enter - was enormously attractive.

According to the Times, one of them flatly declared the museum "a private affair and . . " 24 The reformist, Republican Times, normally a class ally of the Met's trustees, was rightly alarmed that the museum was losing credibility as a public-looking institution. The Met's younger trustees, more forward-looking and attuned to the newer ideological needs of corporate capitalism, shared the outlook of the Times' editors. 25 When their turn came to manage the museum, they kept its 3 PUBLIC SPACES.

3 5 PUBLIC SPACES, PRIVATE INTERESTS Municipal art museums in New York and Chicago 6 oj, ijjj! We have in America made-to-order museum collections imitating similar collections in Europe. As one American city after another becomes the home of wealthy citizens, they hasten to gather valuable collections and to house them in buildings of great cost and of a style that convention demands, with the unfortunate result that each newly filled American museum has a collection of ancient, unique, and highly priced objects which is inferior to the one that last preceded it in the collecting process.

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