Written by the Convening Committee: Deb Clearwaters, Alison Crites, Courtney Morano, Melanie Parker, Meagan Rust, Sarah Rasich On Friday, June 5th, AAMI hosted its first ever virtual session centered on in-gallery interpretation in the age of COVID-19. The session, To Touch or Not to Touch, welcomed 56 participants from museums across North America. AAMI would … Continue reading AAMI Virtual Session Recap: To Touch or Not to Touch
A recap of the AAMI 2019 Annual Convening, which took place at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
By Giannella Ysasi Tavano In 2017, the Art Institute of Chicago received a multi-year grant from the National Science Foundation that allowed the institution to explore the ways in which art conservation and scientific research can help create new, exciting, and relevant experiences in the museum. The grant aided the department of Learning and Public … Continue reading Intersections of Art and Science in the Museum: a toolkit for engagement and evaluation
From the AAMI board: We grieve the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and so many more who have died or lost their loved ones to unchecked police violence and within the nation's culture of white supremacy. Widespread protests and unrest shine light on long histories of systemic racism, violence, and silencing that … Continue reading From the AAMI Board: Our Work is Anti-Racism Work
AAMI will be hosting virtual convenings over the coming months around topics relevant to the Art Museum Interpretation community. Join us for the first in the series. June 5th, 11 am - 12:30 pm EST (TBD) To touch or not to touch? Museums are wrestling with this question among others as they make plans to … Continue reading Virtual Convening: To Touch or Not to Touch?
Dear Colleagues, Amidst this COVID19 pandemic, we are thinking of you all during this challenging time for our world and especially in our museum community. Out of consideration for health and safety, we have made the decision to postpone this year’s AAMI Convening, which was scheduled to take place in Richmond, VA June 18-19. We … Continue reading UPDATE: AAMI & COVID-19: A MESSAGE FROM THE AAMI BOARD
Mark your calendars for Join us at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia from June 18-19, 2020 for the Annual Association for Art Museum Interpretation Conference. Registration details will be announced in March.
Rosie May, Associate Director, Interpretation and Visitor Research, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago talks about the design of a visitor response space for a challenging installation of Arthur Jafa's "Love Is the Message, the Message Is Death." "We learned from our training and reading that if an exhibition ends with a theme, artwork, or object that speaks to or recalls something traumatic, it’s likely visitors will walk away feeling sad and frustrated. Instead, we found, we can better support visitors by offering ways to participate and take action so they leave these experiences feeling empowered and heartened."
By Amelia Wiggins, Delaware Art Museum In the age of Black Panther and #metoo, how can art museum galleries transform into the relevant, representational, inclusive spaces our diverse communities are calling for? The planning process itself holds a key. Prototyping in the Pre-Raphaelite galleries. Photo by Stacey Mann As the Delaware Art Museum approached a reinstallation … Continue reading Centering Community Relevance in Reinstallation Planning
By Nadia Abraham and Shiralee Hudson Hill, Art Gallery of Ontario It seems like everybody has a podcast these days. Museums across the globe are no exception. Yet, podcasting as a form of exhibition interpretation is still a relatively untapped field. Enter the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Into the Anthropocene podcast series. This series was … Continue reading Is Podcasting Interpretation?
Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of blog posts based on presentations from our 2019 AAMI convening in Detroit. By Liz Gardner and Jeanne Goswami Visitors have a lot to say. How do we make room for them to share their ideas and points of view in our institutions? This presentation at … Continue reading Speaking Out: Visitors Respond to Current Events