Museums vs. private collections
Re: Archaeology's forgotten debt -- CoinCoin Post Reply Edit Forum Where am I?
Posted by: Rosanna Post Reply
08/09/2017, 12:14:18

Well said, Scott!

I think this has been commented on before, but I wanted to add that carefully collected and curated beads from the Bead Museum in AZ were (mostly) sent to the Mingei. But then I heard that some of the beads were sold off at yard sale prices...and I can't help but wonder if the beads would have been better off returned to individual collectors, to enjoy as well as to be "re-curated" into future exhibits and collections. Institutionalizing everything is not the only way to go...individual collectors very often have decades of expertise that is hard for institutions to duplicate with their own staff.

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