Posts Tagged ‘Art Nouveau’

Peering Behind the Curtains of a Museum Exhibition

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

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
www.nga.gov

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