Learning in Museums 2008 Intro remarks

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Delivered in Minneapolis, MN on June 20, 2008.

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  • 1. When “ wall obstructions” become teachable moments: Learning in Museums 2008 Peter Samis Associate Curator, Interpretation San Francisco Museum of Modern Art AAM-LiM Minneapolis 20 June 2008
  • 2. This is our Problem Space: Opportunity
  • 3. Visual Velcro
    • The ability of an image or object to grab you, stop you in your tracks, reach down into you, and stay with you.
  • 4. Teflon Velcro
  • 5. Some things have velcro even though they look clean and polished… Mirrors, for instance.
  • 6. Or even moreso, “The Bean.” 3,591 images on flickr. [These 5 by Ken Ilio.]
  • 7. When there’s no velcro, we supply the hooks. [used by Wayne Gretzky as a child]
  • 8. Different objects have different hooks suited to them… urbanmkr , ...in our borrowed tackle box
  • 9. Sometimes it’s a case of what’s missing.
  • 10. Sometimes it’s a case of what’s there.
  • 11. We have tools. Some are traditional…
  • 12. and others are technological.
  • 13. How do we know when to choose which? — Randi Korn & Associates
  • 14. Or put another way: This is our Opportunity Space!
  • 15. Answer the Big Questions
    • Why would anyone make/ collect this ?
    • What’s it doing in this big ( or little ) museum?
    • What does it have to do with the other works around it?
    • What would I be doing if I made this— or were in this historic person’s boots?
  • 16. Hypothetical Demand Curve:
  • 17. Honor the artist—and the object. Honor the visitor. Meet your visitors where they are. &
  • 18. Thank you.
  • 19. Additional Photo Credits Marshall Astor, Walter Kitundu - Fifteen String Phonoharp label - Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco Marshall Astor, De Young Museum - Burroughs photograph - label Mr. T in DC , Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat Info