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Title: 'Veil' and the politics of community exhibiting: some thoughts from Glasgow
Author(s): Munro, Ealasaid
Keywords: community
Issue Date: 1-Apr-2013
Citation: Munro E (2013) 'Veil' and the politics of community exhibiting: some thoughts from Glasgow, Cultural Geographies, 20 (2), pp. 243-248.
Abstract: This paper is broadly concerned with community engagement as a facet of museum practice. The paper offers a reading of a community exhibition entitled Curious, held at St Mungo’s Museum of Religious Life and Art in the city of Glasgow. I take the reader on a tour of the exhibition, offering insights into its form and function. I show how community exhibitions can pose challenges to traditional museum practice by disrupting taken-for-granted assumptions about curatorial authority, and I emphasize both the range of meanings that can be attached to museum objects and the radical potential of including non-expert knowledge in the creation of displays and exhibitions. I also argue, however, that community exhibitions may be understood as poor relations to traditionally curated exhibits, and that curatorial authority is still key to the production of museum displays.
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Rights: Ealasaid Munro, ‘Veil’ and the politics of community exhibiting: some thoughts from Glasgow, Cultural Geographies (Vol 20, Issue 2, 2013) pp. 243-248. Copyright © The Author 2012. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.

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