Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

CLST 348 Introduction to Museum Studies

Spring 2016

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO

John Felice Rome Center

 

An Introduction to Museum Studies (CLST 348)

Spring 2016

 

 

Dr. Valentina Follo

v.follo.ext@aarome.org

vfollo@luc.edu

cell: +39 331 428 3035 (emergency only)

Thur. 9:30-12:30 Room ####

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course aims to retrace the genesis of museums from their conception in antiquity to present-day reality.  Our study will unfold primarily on site as some of the world’s major museums and collections located in Rome receive close scrutiny. 

The second portion of the course analyses practical aspects related to museum professions, acquisition policies and their legal facets, the pedagogical function of museums and their rapport with the general public.  Other topics include museums’ use of technology and how the latter may be further integrated.

No prerequisites in art history or cognate fields are necessary.  Given the broad scope of the course, students of various backgrounds and interests, including business and management majors, are invited to engage in the material.

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

 

By the end of the course, students will have acquired a deeper knowledge of the concept of museums, their origins and evolution through the modern age.  Moreover, they will be able to identify the main issues and problems, such as those of an ethical or legal nature, regarding museum practices and related professions.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

PARTICIPATION                                           10%

PRESENTATION                                          15%

WRITTEN REPORT ON PRESENTATION     20%

MIDTERM EXAM                                         25%

FINAL EXAM                                               30%

 

For the presentation, students will choose a topic together with the professor pertaining to one of the main themes outlined for this class (eg. ethics, the history of a specific museum, a case study). The presentation should last 15 minutes and provide a thorough assessment. Both primary and secondary sources should be employed.

Also for the presentation, at least three independent and scholarly sources should be consulted (e.g. books on reserve, Jstor, and the Muse project).  Online resources are permitted, but must be approved by the instructor. The day of the presentation the student is expected to provide a detailed outline, drawings, maps or other pertinent visual material along with a list of references; these are to be succeeded by a written report (8-10 pages long) by the end of the term (April 25th).

Active participation constitutes an important portion of the final grade, and does NOT refer solely to consistent attendance and punctuality, but rather to regular class interaction, entailing both questions and thoughtful responses.

Both the midterm and the final examination will share a mixture of multiple choice and True/False questions, Q&A, and picture identifications.

 

 

ATTENDANCE: Attendance is mandatory. Students are allowed 1 (one) unexcused absence. Any absence beyond that will result in a deduction of two percentage points from the final grade for each additional absence. Exams, presentations or other work missed without a documented medical or family emergency will result in a failing grade for that exam or assignment.

 

TARDINESS: Punctuality is essential, both as a form of respect for your fellow students as well as for the instructor.  More than 15 minutes late will count as an unexcused absence, and the class will commence without the student.

 

LOYOLA’S ACADEMIC INTEGRITY CODE will be implemented in this course with a zero tolerance policy for academic dishonesty.

 

TEXTBOOK:

The texts for this class will be available on Sakai. The reading assignments must be done before each session to enable full participation in class discussions.

 

PROFESSOR BIO:

Valentina Follo graduated summa cum laude in classical archaeology at the University La Sapienza in Rome, holds a master’s in pedagogy of antiquity from the University of Ferrara and a Ph.D. in Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World from the University of Pennsylvania. She is curator of the Norton-Van Buren Archaeological Study Collection at the American Academy in Rome. Valentina has published on both the reaffirmation and the repudiation of ancient Greco-Roman models in early modern and contemporary art and architectural practices.

 

 

 

 

On-site classes:

  1. Capitoline Museums, January 28th
  2. Borghese Gallery, February 4th,
  3. Vatican Museums, February 11th,
  4. Museo del Risorgimento, February 25th
  5. Archaeological Study Collection American Academy in Rome, March 17th
  6. Trajan’s Market, March 24th
  7. Palazzo Valentini, April 7th,

 

 

Estimated total for museum entrance fees: € 30 per student

 

 

  • WEEK 1

January 21st.  The Museum from Antiquity to the 18th Century.

IN CLASS SESSION

READING ASSIGNMENTS:

  • Bettina Messias Carbonell (ed.), Museum Studies: An Anthology of Contexts, 2nd ed, 2012, chaps. 2 & 3

·         Sharon Macdonald (ed.) A Companion to Museum Studies, 2010, chap. 8

 

  • WEEK 2

 January 28th . The First Public Museum.

ON SITE SESSION (Capitoline Museums)

READING ASSIGNMENTS:

  • A Companion to Museum Studies, chap. 14, “Museum Architecture”
  • The Capitoline Museums - Guide, pp. 4-25, 60, 66-76, 118-119, 125-126.

MEETING POINT:

Main entrance of the Capitoline Museums, Piazza del Campidoglio

 

  • WEEK 3

February 4th.  The Private Becomes Public.

ON SITE SESSION (Borghese Gallery)

READING ASSIGNMENTS:

·         P. Moreno (ed.), The Borghese Gallery, 2001, pp. 16-30

MEETING POINT: 

Main entrance of the Borghese Gallery

 

  • WEEK 4

February 11th. Art within a context. ON SITE SESSION (Vatican Museums)

READING ASSIGNMENTS:

Jeffrey Collins, The God'Above: Pius VI and the invention of the Vatican Museum, in: Hornsby 2000, pp. 173–194.

MEETING POINT: 

The main entrance of the Vatican Museums

 

 

  • WEEK 5

February 18th. Museums and Conservation.

IN CLASS SESSION.

READING ASSIGNMENTS:

  • Maya Elston , “Technical and Aesthetic Considerations in the Conservation of Ancient Ceramic and Terracotta Objects in the J. Paul Getty Museum: Five Case Studies” Studies in Conservation Vol. 35, No. 2 (May, 1990), pp. 69-80

http://www.jstor.org.flagship.luc.edu/stable/pdf/1506195.pdf?acceptTC=true

  • Susan Bradley, “Preventive Conservation Research and Practice at the British Museum”, Journal of the American Institute for Conservation , Vol. 44, No. 3 (Fall-Winter, 2005), pp. 159-173

Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40025148

   

 

  • WEEK 6

February 25th. Museums and Ethnic Identity.

ON SITE SESSION (Museo del Risorgimento).

READING ASSIGNMENTS:

  • A Companion to Museum Studies, chap. 6
  • Museum Studies: An Anthology of Contexts, chap. 12

MEETING POINT:  Piazza Venezia

 

  • WEEK 7

March 3rd.             MIDTERMS

 

SPRING SEMESTER BREAK: March 4th-13th  

 

  • WEEK 8

March 17th. Museum Ethics: Acquisition and Looting.

ON SITE SESSION (American Academy in Rome)

READING ASSIGNMENTS:

  • Museum Studies: An Anthology of Contexts, chaps. 26 & 27
  • A Companion to Museum Studies, chap. 12

MEETING POINT:  Main entrance of the American Academy in Rome, Via Angelo Masina, 5

 

  • WEEK 9

March 24th. The Role of Museums in Education.

ON SITE SESSION (Museum of the Imperial Fora)

READING ASSIGNMENTS:

  • A Companion to Museum Studies, chaps. 20, 24, 25

MEETING POINT: the main entrance of the Museum, Via IV Novembre

   

 

 

  • WEEK 10

March 31st. Museum Professions and the Role of the Private Sphere.

IN CLASS SESSION

READING ASSIGNMENTS:

 

·         Jeff Harrison , “Outsourcing in Museums , International Journal of Arts Management , Vol. 2, No. 2 (WINTER 2000), pp. 14-25  

  • Yves Evard and François Colbert, “Arts Management: A New Discipline Entering the Millennium?”, International Journal of Arts Management , Vol. 2, No. 2 (WINTER 2000), pp. 4-13

 

  • WEEK 11

April 7th. Museums in the Digital Age.

ON SITE SESSION (Palazzo Valentini)

READING ASSIGNMENTS:

  • A Companion to Museum Studies, chap. 18
  • Susana Smith Bautista, Museums in the Digital Age: Changing Meanings of Place, Community, and Culture, 2014, chaps. 1 & 2.

MEETING POINT: Entrance of Palazzo Valentini

 

  • WEEK 12

April 14th. Towards the Museum of the Future.

IN CLASS SESSION

READING ASSIGNMENTS:

  • A Companion to Museum Studies, chap. 33

 

  • WEEK 13

April 21st. REVIEW SESSION

 

  • WEEK 14

APRIL 28TH. FINAL EXAM