Jane Chin Davidson is Associate Professor and Curator of Contemporary Art, Art History and Asian Art at California State University, San Bernardino, USA. Her research focuses on global exhibitions, transnational gender identity, and contemporary performance. Sandra Esslinger received her PhD in Critical Theory and Modern Art History from UCLA, USA. Her research focuses on the History and Art of Nazi Germany, emphasizing the construction of national and cultural identities.
In the edited volume Global and World Art in the Practice of the University Museum, scholars Jane Chin Davidson and Sandra Esslinger share several essays that trace the role of university museums in developing new ways of thinking about art within a larger, global context. This framework acknowledges the complexity of contemporary geopolitical and social interfaces and how these affect the production and reception of works of art. These essays would be a valuable addition to library collections and are most useful to museum professionals and scholars of museum studies; some essays are well suited for students in museum studies, curatorial studies, anthropology, and ethnic studies. Most essays will be more abstractly useful to those among the majority of practitioners who work with fewer resources or support to redress the museum industry's participation in colonialization. -Paul Baker Prindle, University of Nevada, Reno, writing for CAA Reviews