museums not only mediate the influence of markets and organizations on
aesthetic norms, they also participate in broader cultural change. Art museums
are repositories of collective memory and physical embodiments of cultural
authority and symbolic power. They define and patrol
aesthetic boundaries between art and non-art, and between great art and the
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