Assignment: You will need to visit an art museum or gallery website to complete this assignment.(DUE to COVID-19 restrictions and safety this assignment will be an online virtual visit this semester)The Art Museum in Raleigh has a nice website, as does many across the country and abroad. The Assignment Choose 15 items from the following list to look for during your visit. Please write your paper in a narrative form, not as a list. If you turn in a list I will not give you credit. The paper should be 2-3 pages in length. (12 point Arial/Times New Roman font) You can attach a document for submission or copy/paste text directly into the submission box. Be sure to include 2-3 references that you used in your paper if applicable. It should read something like this: I went to the Art Museum’s website last Friday. As I entered the homepage, I was able to view the various galleries available to viewers. Each gallery homepage has a summary of either the artist or the culture of the work. etc….Resources:
Planning your visit:
Let yourself click through the website, stopping to consider works that intrigue you. Everyone’s taste is unique, and it is better for you to focus on a few works than to overwhelm yourself trying to understand the museum’s entire collection in one day. When you come upon an artwork you would like to write about or sketch, stop and consider what it is that drew you to it. Do you love it? Hate it? Do you find it beautiful or ugly? Are you curious about the characters in the scene? Or are you confused by what the artist is trying to say? Use the textbook, class notes, and museum labels to help you understand the artwork. But do not forget to take ample time to look at it in detail.
Artwork labels: There are usually labels next to each artwork. These labels contain useful information about the work, which can help you write a really great assignment. Do not forget to make notes of the details given in the labels. The museum bookstore and website will help you find more material about the artwork you select. Checklist museum visits (some of these do not work as well for an online visit, so please adapt as needed for the virtual/online visit) What is the relation between the museum(building) and its environment? Is the environment neglected, tolerated or used? How does the museum communicate its subject matter/mission before entering? What impression does the entrance give? Does the museum give information about its history and methods? Is the first room suitable to welcome groups? Is the visitor clearly guided to and through the galleries? Are visitors encouraged to feel in
control of their own experiences? Is there logic behind the succession of spaces (routing)? What is the narrative? What is the general appearance of the spaces?
What is the general appearance of the exhibition hardware (showcases, etc.)?Do the conditions (light, temperature, humidity, dust) respect the conservation needs of the objects? Is there protection against touch, theft. What is the general condition of the spaces and exhibition (clean, well-kept, functioning, in good repair)? Is the museum ‘policed’, ‘attended’, ‘wardened’ or monitored by gallery staff’? Can they answer questions about the collections and displays? What is the balance between objects (collection) and additional exhibition software (texts, etc.)? What is the general approach to texts (hierarchy, language, length, readability)? Does the museum make use of copies and are these identified as such? What is the general arrangement of the exhibits (typological, ecological, narrative)? What is the relation between the general theme and the biographical information of the individual exhibits? What is the general design (aesthetic, evocative, educational)? Which senses are addressed? What technique is used (static, dynamic, interactive, immersive)? What learning styles are addressed? Do the exhibit components encourage and promote social behavior? What type of experience is favoured (entertaining, educational, aesthetic, escapist)? Does the exhibition offer potential connections with the visitor’s own life? Is the visitor challenged to acquire new knowledge? Is learning actively enabled and encouraged? Does the interpretation provide more than one view on the subject? Does the interpretation encourage critical thinking and/or dialogue? Are certain themes not included/excluded/neglected? Are controversies/ethical dilemmas addressed? Is there a museum restaurant? Where is it located? What is being served? Is there a connection with the content of the museum? How does the presentation end? Is there a climax, last message, connection with the outside world? Is there any “thank you for visiting” sort of message? Is there any information about a possible “follow-up” (for example, visiting the museum’s website, becoming a member, etc.)? Is there any information (for tourists) what to visit next?