Posts Tagged ‘museum studies’

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

Museum as Node: The Walker Art Center’s Dynamic New Website

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Having lived in Minnesota for fifteen years, this article about the innovative (and oft-visited) Walker Art Center in the December 2011 Atlantic magazine easily caught my attention. It tackles the increasingly important question: How should museums traditionally used to being the conservatories of unique, irreplaceable artifacts react to the rapid changes caused by new information technologies that disseminate images anywhere and everywhere to anyone, Andre Malraux’s famous ‘museum without walls’? Atlantic magazine senior editor Alexis Madrigal writes:

“In a networked world, people and institutions become valuable by becoming important nodes. That means taking on some (but not all) of the attributes of a media company. Museums can continue to pull people inward, but they also have to push content outward. They have to learn to exist within different, overlapping ecosystems — Tumblr, Twitter, the art blog networks, cultural institution sites — and figure out how to receive ideas and content from those places, not just broadcast to them.”

The Walker has made a bold choice; do you think it’s a good one? And what implications, if any, does this choice hold for the Museum of Art & Archaeology?