On the Beaten Track: Tourism, Art, and Place

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On the Beaten Track: Tourism, Art, and Place [Hardcover] Lucy R. Lippard (Author)

From Library Journal Art critic Lippard (The Lure of the Local, New Pr., 1997) presents intriguing philosophical, historical, and sociological perspectives on tourists and tourism, from the conventional to the absurd. These thoughtful essays analyze the culture and motives of tourism from New Mexico to New York and from Texas to Maine and examine the attraction of certain destinations, sites, subjects, tours, museums (and other art), and modes of travel. What are visitors seekingAeducation, thrills, history (or its re-creation), status, nostalgia, multicultural exposure, identity? Are the sites real or mythologized? One of the most intriguing essays focuses on the popularity of places pertaining to tragedy or disaster, like Gianni Versace's mansion or the site of the Sand Creek Cheyenne-Arapaho massacre. Another highlight is a witty piece on trips to scenic overlooks, state parks, and the like. Most powerful, however, is the final essay on nostalgia, into which Lippard weaves her own personal history. Recommended for circulating libraries.ACarol J. Binkowski, Bloomfield, NJ Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Hardcover: 182 pages Publisher: New Press (January 1, 1999) Language: English