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The Making of a Mesoamerican Blockbuster: Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed

Author(s): Marc Levine

Year: 2016

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This paper draws on a case study of the making of Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed, a “blockbuster” traveling exhibit, to examine issues related to the business, development, and curation of museum exhibits featuring Mesoamerican culture and history. On the business side, museums face challenges in funding exhibits, managing risk, and ensuring return on investment. Development efforts struggle to deliver exhibits in tune with the public’s changing tastes without sacrificing institutional goals to present high quality educational experiences that effectively communicate science to the public. Finally, the shift from curator-led to team-oriented curation has led to a host of positive outcomes.


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The Making of a Mesoamerican Blockbuster: Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed. Marc Levine. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403978)


Keywords

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Maya Mesoamerica Museum

Geographic Keywords
Mesoamerica


Spatial Coverage

min long: -107.271; min lat: 12.383 ; max long: -86.353; max lat: 23.08 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America