Supporting Visitors in Exhibitions Dealing with Difficult Histories

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."

Centering Community Relevance in Reinstallation Planning

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