The art of diplomacy : the use of art in international relations
Oscarson, Spencer James.
Thesis (M.A.)--Georgetown University, 2009.; Includes bibliographical references. Artists may share their work internationally to expand their audience or viewership, but non-art organizations have also historically facilitated art shows and international exchange. This project explores what is required for a non-art organization to use art as a tool for building and improving cross-cultural understanding. Lewis Hyde's theories of gift institutions and Pierre Bourdieu's theory of symbolic capital are used to explain organizations' positioning and ability to participate with artists and art. This paper concludes that organizations are enabled by the amount of symbolic capital they are able to aggregate and disavow in the eyes of the audience, and they do this by abiding the language and the rules of gift economies.
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