Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Challenges and Choices – Four Single Donor Museums (the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the McNay Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center and The Barnes Foundation) – Creatively Adapt to Change
by Walker, Mary H. Molly Giles, M.A., The University of the Arts, 2013, 141; 1553850
Abstract (Summary)

Single donor museums like the Isabella Stewart Gardner in Boston, the McNay Museum of Art in San Antonio, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and The Barnes Foundation in Merion and Philadelphia, provide an intimate experience for their visitors, donors, supporters and staff members. They must compete with larger, more encyclopedic museums, with larger budgets and more resources. Like all museums, they hold art in the public trust and are responsible to the public. Contemporary museology asks not only that all museums protect their collections and educate the public, but that they also engage with their communities. None of the single donors highlighted had to donate their art, their money or their homes, but all chose to. Each museum chose to expand or relocate in response to difficult problems, whether financial, logistical (need for more space) or legal. Each engages new publics in creative ways. Certain predictable problems arose for each and they creatively resolved (and continue to resolve) those problems. Lessons learned from the experience of four single donor museums may suggest new thinking for those anticipating similar expansions or moves.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gonzales, Joseph, Adelson, Fred B.
Commitee: Adelson, Fred B., Davenport, Nancy, Gonzales, Joseph
School: The University of the Arts
Department: Museum Communication
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: MAI 52/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Arts Management, Adult education, Architecture, Museum studies
Keywords: New building and expansion, Single donor, The barnes foundation, The isabella stewart gardner museum, The mcnay art museum, The walker art center
Publication Number: 1553850
ISBN: 978-1-303-81695-6
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