Thomas, N: Return of Curiosity

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"Thomas has written a highly intelligent and intellectually wide-ranging analysis as to why museums matter and are so successful in the twenty-first century. After years of self-flagellation in the museum profession and sociological critique, it is wonderful to read someone who works at the heart of museums writing so inspiringly about the ways in which museum collections (and not just what is on display) encourage artistic interpretation, research, self-discovery, and free thinking."--Charles Saumarez Smith, Secretary and Chief Executive, Royal Academy of Arts "An intelligent, balanced and reflective overview of what it is, exactly, that matters about museums at the moment - a broad question that should concern all present or would-be museum professionals, and any general reader who cares about the place of material culture in contemporary life."--Stephen Deuchar, Director, The Art Fund "In this eloquently argued book, one of the world's most distinguished academic museum directors refutes critiques of museums as sites of illegitimate authority, pointing out that museums sustain civil society, and constitute a space of participation in public life. Thomas further contends that museums can only function well if they remain sites of scholarship, their collections "telling assemblages" rather than individual artworks and specimens, prompting and nurturing curiosity not only about visitors' own societies but others, too. I breathe a sigh of relief that so fine a scholar should have written such a sober and well-informed account of the positive role of museums of all kinds. Let us hope that critics, trustees, bureaucrats, and patrons pay attention."--Ivan Gaskell, Professor of Cultural History and Museum Studies and Head of the Focus Project, Bard Graduate Center "Nicholas Thomas's The Return of Curiosity is a fresh and critical look at museums as sites of knowledge and wonder. He calls on museums to reveal the complexity of their collections as things with histories as things. This is not, he argues, "because everyone needs a lesson in the history of collection, but because the strange gathering of related stuff that constitutes the collection has a certain magic; it amounts to a realm of exploration that people ought to have the opportunity to enter and enjoy as well as understand." Museum visitors have agency. And Thomas persuasively argues that museums should do everything in their power to encourage their visitors to follow their curiosities. For "this curiosity, this questioning is a skill . . . ?[And] that is what, for all of their faults, museums are good for in the twenty-first century." I couldn't agree more."--James Cuno, President & CEO, The J. Paul Getty Trust "It is less readily evident how, in a world of diverse and vigorously competing media, museums should best present their collections and their significance to the public. This conundrum is especially painful in a time of postmodern ideologies that, in Thomas's words, view museums as "challenged, flawed, and in retreat." In The Return of Curiosity Thomas, an ethnologist and historian who is Director of Cambridge's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, asks just what kinds of dialogue museums should be having with the public. . . . All of this is wise advice that trend-chasing museum directors everywhere would do well to heed."--Ian Tattersall "Times Literary Supplement "

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Over the last twenty years museums have proliferated, attracting new audiences and assuming new prominence in public life. The Return of Curiosity offers a fresh perspective on museums and what they may now be good for. Nicholas Thomas argues that what is special about museums are their collections, which are not just rich resources for reflection, but creative technologies that enable people to make new things in the present.Reflecting on art galleries, science and history institutions, and museums around the world, Thomas shows that in times marked by insecurity and increasing conflict, museums can help to sustain and enrich society. They stimulate a curiosity that is vital to understanding and negotiating the cosmopolitan but dangerous world we all now inhabit. The Return of Curiosity is a book that anyone who visits and enjoys museums will find engaging and stimulating. Curators, arts and heritage professionals, policymakers and all museum studies teachers and students need to own and read this influential book.

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