Hall of Mirrors
Hall of Mirrors is not an academic work, neither is it journalism ... I have not held back from speculation. I recognize that some of the views expressed here are odd, if not downright eccentric, but they are all my own, and I take full responsibility for them." With this intriguing opening, author Robyn Gillam launches into a richly researched, engaging history of museums that ranges from ancient Greece to Canada's Royal Ontario Museum, Glenbow, and Museum of Civilization. Unafraid to take a strong stand, Gillam points to class, race, and gender biases that have maintained a wall around many of Canada's largest public museums.
"Hall of Mirrors questions whether museums have the financial or cultural muscle to survive the growing pressures of the 21st century."