Publication Date

April 2018

Advisor(s)

Joseph Siry

Major

College of Letters

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

How did museums turn from period rooms to white boxes? In this thesis, the Met Cloisters is taken as a case study in the rapid move from revivalism, in all its forms, to modernism in the late 1920s and early 1930s. By using contemporary architectural and museum theory, I argue that the Cloisters' contradictions offer lost ways of thinking about museums.

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