Hall of Mirrors is an examination of Canadian museums and their relationship with the public which they attempt to represent. This book examines a number of questions, issues, and controversies surrounding some of Canada's major institutions. Whose interests do museums reflect and whose do they distort? Do museums provide a "social good" that should be publicly supported or should they be forced to survive in the free market? Hall of Mirrors assesses the identity crisis that faces Canadian museums in an analysis that has implications for all public cultural institutions.
"Hall of Mirrors questions whether museums have the financial or cultural muscle to survive the growing pressures of the 21st century."--Carlene Rummery, Prairie Books NOW