Nineteenth century optics

This is more from Andermann, whom I am not reading well or perhaps just not reporting on well, but using. It seems that problems of vision are about the body and the operation of social power; modernity redeployed people in space. And museums are optical instruments.

Note, though: Latin American museums were more like 18th century princely cabinets than spaces to forge national consciousness. And there were expositions as well, which articulated the emerging national order.

And the questions are: who is a citizen, what is it to be a citizen, do we want citizens, where is hegemony, what is national memory and who has it, and what is the meaning of these decaying memorials of national history?

And: part of the authority of the museum is that it could turn its gaze on you, make you a museum object; the museum could become a trap.

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