Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
I always feel ignorant when stepping out of a museum, knowing a little about the artists and their art works before the visit and totally being not able to recall the description and images of the art pieces after the visit. The author of the article considers my situation as common, which is a big relief, and also gives some useful advice to make museum visit more educational.
The advice seems to be beneficial in the future, two of which are “seek silence” and “engage memory”. I have been disturbed all the time when I visit a museum, and it becomes more unbearable when that happens in the art museums. There are interactive installations in art museum which supposed to involve more audience participation, however, it sometimes excites meaningless self-expression, and has no value to the rest audience, only causing noise. As for “engage memory”, I used to think nurture happens in a natural way, which means we should immerse ourself in the art atmosphere of art museum, and we will reach arts automatically. Though I step out museum confused, I still believe it. Stunningly, the author says we should study hard before, during and after the visit, which leads me to think I’m accustomed to treat arts at will.
There must be bunch of unqualified audience like me, and they might not even be aware of it. I think the art manager should cultivate the audience to be qualified instead of just trying to ingratiate them to make them feel better. After all, “if you feel better about yourself when you leave a museum, you’re probably doing it all wrong”.