Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
The Boston Museum of fine arts is revamping its gallery of the art of ancient Greece into “Homer and the Epics: Wine, Poets, and Performers in Ancient Greece,” the Wall Street Journal reports. Originally, the collection of ancient Greek art has been arranged chronologically and has been that way ever since. Now the museum has taken a step forward to present to collection on the themes in its title. Not only does this make sense in terms of representing Greek culture well, but gives visitors a better narration to follow. Bruce Altshuler, director of NYU’s museum studies program, comments in the article, “There’s a general feeling that personalized, narrative, thematic accounts are more accessible.”
Separate galleries are dedicated to Homer’s epics, Dionysus the Greek god of wine and theater, and to performance. Several of the galleries include interactive iPad experiences. If they know what’s good for them, they should include an interactive wine consumption experience in the Dionysus area! This is a great example of how a century-old collection has been reimagined for a generation that craves an experience. Christine Kondoleon, curator of Roman and Greek art at the museum, plans that these separations will also present a better opportunity to teach more comprehensive lessons rather than ambling alongside a literal timeline of artifacts.