Where to EXHIBIT Art?

     New England MUSEUM ASSOCIATION
        2009 ANNUAL CONFERENCE:

Promises to Keep: Vision and V...
Agenda

A short introduction

Short exercise for the group

Group discussion of benefits and concerns

Examples from the gr...
Types of Art
 Visual       Performance   Decorative
 Paintings       Theatre        Crafts
 Drawings         Dance       C...
What is Art?




Art is a vehicle for the
expression or communication of
emotions and ideas.
What is an Artifact?

 An Artifact is any object made
 or modified by humans.
What is an Exhibition?


 “A Means of communicating to the public information, ideas and
 emotions relating to the materia...
Purpose of Art?
Basic human instinct for harmony, balance,
rhythm

Experience of the mysterious

Expression of the imagina...
Group Exercise

   Artifact
      Art
     Both
    Neither
  It depends
Group Discussion of
Benefits and Concerns
Do History, Science, Children’s
  museums, etc. exhibit art
             now?
  When? How? Which ones?
     Could they do ...
Exhibitions Examples
  From the group
Benefits
 Concerns
 Questions
Conclusions
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  • We’ll ry to answer the question: Does art belong in history museum exhibitions or science museum exhibitions? What are the advantages and disadvantages? What are the benefits and concerns? Does art and ______? ---Just few questions.
  • Art is more than what you see and hear.
    It’s a lot about how you feel and how its makes you feel.
    It’s also a potential entry point for someone’s spiritual or non-physical side and attitudes.
  • Art is more than what you see and hear.
    It’s a lot about how you feel and how its makes you feel.
    It’s also a potential entry point for someone’s spiritual or non-physical side and attitudes.
  • This are very short definitions. But are there other key components that seem missing?
    As museum people, don’t forget that exhibitions are planned through creative themes that tie together compelling stories.
  • Are there other purposes?
  • Artifact, art, both, neither, it depends
  • Artifact, art, both, neither, it depends
  • Artifact, art, both, neither, it depends
  • Artifact, art, both, neither, it depends
  • Artifact, art, both, neither, it depends
  • Artifact, art, both, neither, it depends
  • Artifact, art, both, neither, it depends
  • I need my answers, suggestions ready to go. And have follow-up questions to all expected suggestions.
    Benefits -
    Concerns -
    Suggestions -
    Questions- Original or reproductions
    Can Art museums teach something to History, science, children’s (etc) museum about mixing content?
  • Brighton-Allston Heritage Museum - Women of Vision Exhibition
    Battleship Cove - World War II War Memorial Gallery
  • Marketing
    Fundraising
    Attendance
    New Audiences (Art people tend to stay away from non-art museums).
    Marketing - Most media outlets will devote more resources to art exhibitions.
    Return visits

    Longer visits
    Better visitor experience

    Better storylines
    More thoughtfulness
    Many non-art museums already have pieces of art in their collection but usually never display it.
    There are many pieces of art that easily can help contribute to the storylines of the exhibition.
    Most museums already include original pieces of art in exhibitions, but the potential visitors that don’t see the exhibitions don’t know that.
  • NEMA Presentation

    1. 1. Where to EXHIBIT Art? New England MUSEUM ASSOCIATION 2009 ANNUAL CONFERENCE: Promises to Keep: Vision and Value in Museums John Quatrale, Presenter ArchivalExhibitions.com Metropolitan WaterWorks Museum (10/2010)
    2. 2. Agenda A short introduction Short exercise for the group Group discussion of benefits and concerns Examples from the group Group conclusions
    3. 3. Types of Art Visual Performance Decorative Paintings Theatre Crafts Drawings Dance Ceramics Sculpture Music Wood Prints Film Glass Photographs Metal Textiles Furniture
    4. 4. What is Art? Art is a vehicle for the expression or communication of emotions and ideas.
    5. 5. What is an Artifact? An Artifact is any object made or modified by humans.
    6. 6. What is an Exhibition? “A Means of communicating to the public information, ideas and emotions relating to the material evidence of man and his surroundings with the aid of chiefly visual and dimensional methods” - Jan Verhaar and Han Meeter Means to “exhilarate, inspire, excite and give form to our aspirations, fears, beliefs and desires” - Henry Bartnick To be successful, an exhibition must be both “insightful and inspirational” - Harold Skramstad
    7. 7. Purpose of Art? Basic human instinct for harmony, balance, rhythm Experience of the mysterious Expression of the imagination Communication Entertainment Social Inquiry and commentary Entry point for personal contemplation or meditation
    8. 8. Group Exercise Artifact Art Both Neither It depends
    9. 9. Group Discussion of Benefits and Concerns
    10. 10. Do History, Science, Children’s museums, etc. exhibit art now? When? How? Which ones? Could they do more? Should they do more? What type of art works or doesn’t work? Where to get it? Does it help tell the exhibition story? Benefits?
    11. 11. Exhibitions Examples From the group
    12. 12. Benefits Concerns Questions Conclusions

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