Gathering of Strangers Why Museums Matter

Gathering of Strangers

Why Museums Matter

  • ISBN: 9781849769136
  • Publication Date: September 10, 2024


Price: $24.99

A powerful, timely and thought-provoking exploration of the transformative role of the museum—and of art—in society today.

As the world adapts to the consequences of a global pandemic, museums continue to experience unprecedented disruption and change. At the same time, there is a growing debate and dissent over what museums are for, who they speak to, and what the histories, objects, and ideas they are tasked with holding reflect—all taking place within a public sphere that feels increasingly dynamic and volatile. Taking a wide-ranging and thought-provoking look at the roles and responsibilities of some of our most well-known and best-loved public institutions, Gathering of Strangers explores the critical challenges and opportunities for the museum at this point in the twenty-first century. Moving from the historical origins of the gallery to important current debates taking place around art and public engagement, the climate emergency, race equality and decolonization, and the value of the arts in education—this book sets out the role of art and artists in imagining and shaping our collective future. It is also a love letter to the museum, from a sector leader who is at the forefront of the cultural conversation today.