What Happens in a Museum? Exhibits, Display Strategies & Visitor Engagement
Salomon Center room 001, Brown University, Main Green
November 7, 2013
Thursday 5:30 p.m.
Museums are places where people engage with a variety of objects organized into displays, and through them, with aspects of the past and the present, with the familiar and the foreign. But do these visitors understand and engage with those displays in the ways that were intended by museum professionals? They encounter museum exhibits not in isolation but in conjunction with already formed views of the world; in the process, Dr. Praveena Gullapalli (Rhode Island College) argues, they remake the nature of those same exhibits. Accounting for such re-makings and investigating their implications leads to a more nuanced understanding of what happens in museums.