How Museums Colonize the World's Art

Faculty Advisor

Hong, Zaixin

Area of Study

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Publication Date

Summer 2015


This paper examines the presence of colonial ideology within art history that I argue erases and oppresses art and artists from outside of the Euro-American art world. I define colonial values specifically within the terms laid out by Aimé Césaire in Discourse on Colonialism which I will first outline and then apply to three aspects of the museum: the internal and external architecture, the rhetoric of accompanying text and labels to the art, and the curatorial work that arranges the pieces themselves. I use this structure to organize my qualitative on site museum research.


University of Puget Sound

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