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ENGAGING SMITHSONIAN OBJECTS THROUGH SCIENCE, HISTORY AND THE ARTS. Ed. by Mary Jo Arnoldi. Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, Washington, D.C., 2016. Distributed by Penguin Random House LLC, New York. 316 pp. 121 ills. (88 col.). 26 x 21 cm. LC 2015-18885 ISBN 9781935623168 In English.
Publisher's description: How do we come to know the world around us? What about worlds apart from our own -- outer space, distant cultures, or even long-past eras of history? Engaging Smithsonian Objects through Science, History, and the Arts explores these questions and suggests an answer: we come to know our world and worlds apart through the objects that represent them. Objects are a window, and by looking through them we can learn and understand more about the people who made them and the time and place they came from. In the pursuit of this understanding museums are invaluable; they are repositories not just of things but also of past, present, and future knowledge. Engaging Smithsonian Objects puts these ideas into practice, using objects to bring us to new knowledge and showing how museums support us in the endeavor. The book is organized around ten objects from the Smithsonian's vast collections. Some of the objects are iconic -- the Ruby Slippers from the The Wizard of Oz or three Stradivarius string instruments -- while others are more ordinary, though no less interesting -- an Iron Lung or a Hawaiian gourd drum. Two different authors with expertise in different academic disciplines write about each object from their unique professional and personal perspective.
Indexing: Western, Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), International (Western Style), Non-Western in Several Regions (Traditional) — Several Periods — Several Media — Museum Studies
Plans: 70
Worldwide Number: 168975
Paperbound $34.95t (libraries receive a 20% discount on this title)    

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