Ethics of the dust: on the care of a university art collection

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Skotnes, Pippa en_ZA
dc.contributor.advisor Hamilton, Carolyn en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Brown, Jessica Natasha en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2015-08-07T11:00:26Z
dc.date.available 2015-08-07T11:00:26Z
dc.date.issued 2015 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Brown, J. 2015. Ethics of the dust: on the care of a university art collection. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13651
dc.description Includes bibliography. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines the University of Cape Town (UCT) Permanent Works of Art Collection in order to determine its relevance to, and status within, the university. The text traces the historical and current roles of the university art collection in general, before focusing specifically on the UCT art collection’s history, including the contexts, events and personalities which shaped its development, from its embryonic beginnings in 1911, to the present. In an era which demands clear correlations between the allocation of resources and relevance to institutional goals, the contemporary university collection is under pressure to demonstrate its potential as a useful educational and interpretive tool within the university (the so-called ‘triple mission’ of collections: teaching, research and public display), or risk being consigned to obsolescence, even destruction. Based on a survey of the UCT art collection’s holdings, interviews, and a combination of bibliographic and archival research, undertaken between 2011and 2014, the thesis establishes that, whereas most university collections were traditionally constituted for the purpose of teaching and research, or for the preservation and exhibition of historical artefacts pertaining to a university and/or a specific discipline, this collection does not precisely fulfill either function. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Fine Art en_ZA
dc.title Ethics of the dust: on the care of a university art collection en_ZA
dc.type Thesis / Dissertation en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Michaelis School of Fine Art en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationname MFA en_ZA
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