Are Museums Facing An Identity Crisis?

Museums were originally intended to narrow the gap between art and the common man. Are they losing that focus?

For a number of years, many museum boards have hired high-profile architects to design the space to show art. Architects have seen this as proof of architecture's growing cultural relevance. Others have seen this process as pushing art into the background, and see that the "definition of the art museum's function" is more "elusive than ever."

Thanks to Gwenn Hilburn

Full Story: Art For Architecture's Sake

Comments

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $199
Planetizen Courses image ad

Planetizen Courses

Advance your career with subscription-based online courses tailored to the urban planning professional.
Starting at $14.95 a month
Book cover of Where Things Are from Near to Far

Where Things Are From Near to Far

This engaging children's book about planning illustrates that "every building has its place."
$19.95
Book cover of Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning

Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning

Featuring thought-provoking commentary and insights from some of the leading thinkers and practitioners in the field.
$18.95