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Lesson of the Day: ‘Whose Writing Is on the Wall at the Museum? It Could Be Yours.’ – The New York Times

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Featured Article: “Whose Writing Is on the Wall at the Museum? It Could Be Yours.” by Julia Jacobs

Many museums are trying to reach broader audiences while also looking for ways to diversify, and remove cultural biases from, their exhibits. Some museums have chosen to give outside voices the opportunity to speak within museum walls.

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Featured Article: “Whose Writing Is on the Wall at the Museum? It Could Be Yours.” by Julia Jacobs

Many museums are trying to reach broader audiences while also looking for ways to diversify, and remove cultural biases from, their exhibits. Some museums have chosen to give outside voices the opportunity to speak within museum walls.

In this lesson, you will learn about several museums across the country that are trying new approaches to curation, including inviting everyday people to write wall labels about works of art. Then, you will write a response to a piece of artwork, reflecting on your personal experiences.

Part I. Reflect on your experience at art museums.

In your journal, or in a small group discussion, discuss how you experience art:

  • Do you like going to art museums?

  • When you go to a museum, how do you engage with the art? Do you prefer viewing it with an educator or a tour guide? Do you look at the piece and then read the label — or vice versa? Do you skip the labels altogether?

  • If you do read the labels, do you find them helpful? Why or why not?

Part II. Look closely at a work of art.

Look at the painting below, stripped of its caption, and respond to the questions:

Now, read the label that accompanies this artwork at the New-York Historical Society, and respond to the questions.

Read the article, then answer the following questions:

1. Why did Wendy Nālani E. Ikemoto, a curator at the New-York Historical Society, speak to a Central Park carriage driver when designing a new exhibit? What does this illustrate about changes in the world of art curation?

2. What are some of the conversations that institutions like the New-York Historical Society are having about their exhibits?

3. How did the Middlebury College Museum of …….

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/15/learning/lesson-plans/lesson-of-the-day-whose-writing-is-on-the-wall-at-the-museum-it-could-be-yours.html