Displaying and celebrating the "other": A study of the mission, scope, and roles of ethnic museums in Los Angeles

Loukaitou-Sideris, Anastasia & Grodach, Carl (2004) Displaying and celebrating the "other": A study of the mission, scope, and roles of ethnic museums in Los Angeles. The Public Historian, 26(4), pp. 49-71.

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In the last thirty years, ethnic museums have mushroomed in American cities. Although this is certainly a national phenomenon, it has been particularly evident in Los Angeles. In this paper we examine the genesis and evolution of these emerging institutions. We survey the mission, scope, and role of ethnic museums in Los Angeles, and we contrast them with the stated mission and scope of “mainstream” museums in the city. We further present case studies of three Los Angeles ethnic museums. The museums vary considerably in the ways they perceive their role in the community, the city, and the nation and in the preservation and display of ethnic culture. At their best, ethnic museums serve to make new art and histories more accessible and visible and provide a forum in which to debate contemporary issues of politics and identity. The paper highlights some of the tensions faced by ethnic museums as they seek to define their audience and role(s) in multi-ethnic, twenty-first century Los Angeles.

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ID Code: 93630
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: cultural planning, museums, ethnicity, Los Angeles
DOI: 10.1525/tph.2004.26.4.49
ISSN: 0272-3433
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Arts and Cultural Policy (160502)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 by the Regents of the University of California and the National Council on Public Histor
Deposited On: 11 Mar 2016 01:42
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:52

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