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Journal: 
Australian Art Education
Name(s) of Author/Editor(s): 
Canal McCarthy
Refereed: 
Yes
Volume No.: 
14
Issue No.: 
2
Page numbers of article: 
64-68
Year of publication: 
1990
Country of publication: 
Australia
Country of Research Data: 
New Zealand
Language: 
English
Abstract: 
This paper reviews recent critiques of the art museum, in terms of current notions of culture, representation and power, with particular reference to the colonization of Maori people in New Zealand. The museum's project is sustained, it is argued, by museum education itself, which conceals these processes of domination and exclusion. After a critique of some of the underlying tenets of current museum education, namely the persistence of aesthetic and art historical approaches, an alternative model is suggested: that of the post- colonial museum whose aesthetic is postmodern. Following a general description of these possibilities, the paper concludes with some notes towards a theory and practice of museum education, with the aid of Giroux's notion of a 'public sphere', and Freire's concept of 'cultural literacy'.
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