Peering Behind the Curtains of a Museum Exhibition

The staff of the Museum of Art & Archaeology is busily completing preparations for several new exhibitions set to open in just a few days. The thought occurred to me that many people will wander through the galleries and enjoy them without much thought to all the work that has gone into conceptualizing, collecting, organizing, building and displaying the materials. It’s not necessary that you do so in order to enjoy these wonderful exhibitions, but some people love to peek under the curtain, so to speak, and see the process as well as the finished product.

This website allows you to go behind the scenes to look at the planning and construction of the exhibition Art Nouveau, 1890-1914 at the National Gallery of Art. Although our upcoming exhibitions are at a smaller scale than this one, the process is very similar in each instance. I hope this fascinating website increases your appreciation of exhibition planning and design like it did for me…

Anatomy of an Exhibition – Art Nouveau, 1890-1914

W. Arthur Mehrhoff, Ph.D., Academic Coordinator

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2 Responses to “Peering Behind the Curtains of a Museum Exhibition”

  1. Brigid Orourke says:

    This is an amazing museum and also one of my favorites. It is very true that individuals only tend to marvel of the finished product without giving thought to all the hard work and planning it took to display such pieces.

  2. Johnny says:

    The Museum of Art & Archaeology is my favourite among all museums, there is nothing more exciting to me than reading the past trough the artefacts, I hope that one day I will be an archeologist myself!!Movers

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