The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

What is art?

During the MA tutorials the other day, I was talking to the students about what makes something art, but overlooked perhaps one of the most obvious characteristics: the context in which it is displayed. Here's a little article (that traditionalists might find a little provocative) about the pervading influence of the dreaded 'popular culture' at our cultural institutions. ;)

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