The National Bureau of Economic Research organized a project to explore the economic issues facing the major art museums of the United States. For this purpose NBER defined economics broadly to include not only the financial situation of the museums but also the management and growth of museum collections, the museums' relationship with the public, and the role of the government in supporting art museums.
This volume brings together nontechnical essays on these issues by economists associated with the NBER and personal statements by leaders of America's major national art museums and related foundations. It can be read not only by economists but also by museum officials and trustees. Museum directors generally come to their responsibilities with a background in art history and curatorial work but without experience in thinking about the management and public policy aspects of museum administration. Trustees who serve on museum boards generally have a background in business or law but have not previously tried to apply their experience to the unusual economic problems of museums. The background papers, the panelists' remarks, and the summary of the discussion will help them to approach their responsibilities with a better understanding of the problems and possibilities of the museum.
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This book contains the report of the 1989 National Bureau of Economic Research Conference, whose panel discussions included "Museums: Collections, Public, Finances, the Government, and a General Overview." Each chapter contains participants' comments, including facts, statistics, and opinions, and concludes with a summary. Problems are a frequent topic; evidently, today's museums are faced with too many missions and too little money to pursue them effectively. Indeed, "these are difficult and strange times for museums," given the difficulty of quantitatively measuring the long-term impact of museums and the loss of leisure time. Whether viewing art as trophy or entertainment, or seeing its "value of consolation," this conference raised more questions than it answered. Not a required purchase, but good for academic libraries supporting curricula in or special collections concerned with museum administration.
- Vicki Gadberry, Harris Media Ctr., Mars Hill Coll., N.C.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Descrizione libro University Of Chicago Press, 1992. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. First. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0226240738
Descrizione libro University Of Chicago Press, 1992. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110226240738