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'Aimless and Absurd Wanderings'? Children at the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona)


Franklin, A and Sansom, M, 'Aimless and Absurd Wanderings'? Children at the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), Museum & Society, 16, (1) pp. 28-40. ISSN 1479-8360 (2018) [Refereed Article]


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© 2018, Adrian Franklin, Michelle Sansom

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This article reports on the experience of children at the Museum of New and Old Art (Mona) in Hobart, Tasmania. Referred to by its innovative owner as a ‘subversive adult Disneyland’, Mona went further than most new contemporary art galleries in designing a radically new experience of art. It captured the imagination of people new to art in its own locality as well as a global art public. Favoured by leading international contemporary artists for the freedom it gave art unmediated by art history, Mona also seemingly captured the imagination of children. Through an ethnographic approach in which five young children’s visits were documented in great detail, the article considers these in the light of children’s experiences of previous exhibitionary platforms and the relevance of Mona’s museological interventions for building their dispositions to art and broadening art publics.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:children, art museums, art publics, ethnography, museology
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:Arts not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Franklin, A (Professor Adrian Franklin)
UTAS Author:Sansom, M (Ms Michelle Sansom)
ID Code:125159
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2018-04-04
Last Modified:2018-12-03
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