On the Beaten Track by Lucy R. Lippard
Tourism, Art, and Place

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In this “excellent” (The Baltimore Sun) book, Lucy R. Lippard weaves together cultural criticism, anthropology, and community activism for an in-depth look at how tourism sites are conceived and represented, and how they affect the places they transform. Critic Andrew Ross calls Lippard “the most surefooted tour guide you could hope for” in her exploration of being a tourist in one’s own home, of how advertising and photography define place, of how antique shops function as populist museums, and of the commodification of indigenous cultures. With her characteristic breadth and critical eye, Lippard discusses the political economies of leisure spaces, the tourist’s fascination with tragic destinations (such as the sites of massacres and nuclear weapons tests, or Holocaust memorials), and our willingness to let national parks and heritage sites define nature and history.


 

About Lucy R. Lippard

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Lucy R. Lippard is a writer/curator/editor/lecturer/activist and the author of twenty-one books on contemporary art and cultural criticism, most recently Down Country: The Tano of the Galisteo Basin, 1250-1782 (Santa Fe, NM: Museum of New Mexico Press, 2010) The Lure of the Local: Senses of Place in a Multicentered Society (New York: New Press, 1997) and On the Beaten Track: Tourism, Art, and Place (New York: New Press, 1999). she is a receipient of seven honorary degrees, a Guggenheim fellowship, and a Lannan grant, among other awards. Her most recent curatorial venture was Weather Report: Art and Climate Change (Boulder, CO: Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 2007). She lives in rural Galisteo, New Mexico, where she is on the County Traditional Community Planning committee and for fifteen years has edited the monthly community newsletter, El Puente de Galisteo.
 
Published May 1, 1999 by New Press, The. 182 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, Travel. Non-fiction

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They come to the west, Lippard writes with inspired overstatement, “looking for places destroyed by shifting economies: Indian ruins, ghost towns, abandoned farms, deserted mines, and nineteenth-century spaces frozen in the governmentally managed wildernesses”;

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Believing that the unexamined experience is not worth having, Lippard (The Lure of the Local) is a tourist with a problem: she can't relax. In this blend of cultural criticism and on-the-road dispatch

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Believing that the unexamined experience is not worth having, Lippard (The Lure of the Local) is a tourist with a problem: she can't relax.

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