International Journal of Art & Design Education

The War Between the Tates: Reflecting Elements of Popular Entertainment in Art Educational and Museum Practices

Volume 18.1   1999



Postmodern thinking not only rejects a transmissionist definition of culture, it also refuses to embrace previously taken for granted assumptions about instruction. Art educational and museum models that promote the value of self-discovery and serendipity share the presumption that learning follows an evolutionary pattern where students acquire incremental knowledge so the world is gradually illuminated and properly understood. This paper proposes instead turning our attention to experience, in a version of popular entertainment (resolutely shunned in formal education), whether visual, cultural, or historical - the presentation of heritage in theme parks.