Interrogating the Museum

Interrogating the Museum

write 2 pages for the main essay and fill the suplimentary work sheet, the museum website is: http://www.denverartmuseum.org/article/staff-blogs/palettes-restaurant-offering-becoming-van-gogh-inspired-menu.

!Interrogating the Museum (2-3 pages):

Visit a single exhibit of the Denver Art Museum. Assess how the pieces in the collection
are “framed” by the curator of the exhibit. In this assessment, describe how the objects
are displayed, how the space is arranged, how objects are lit, how objects are grouped and
other aspects of their presentation. Then think about how these “framing devices” are
used to present art, artifacts and cultures in a specific way.
Format.
Your paper should be approximately two to three pages in length, double-spaced with
standard one-inch margins. From your observations, develop a thesis that summarizes
your thoughts on the exhibit. Write a paper that supports this thesis and gives your
observations.
Considerations.
Aspects you may consider include (but are not limited to): how the objects are displayed
in their museum settings; what wall labels or other information is used to facilitate an
understanding of the work; how these factors contribute to or dictate your understanding
of the work. In other words, how are these pieces contextualized? Are they presented as
art or artifact? Why? How? Use the attached worksheet to guide your visit and hone
your observations.
Getting to the Museum.
The Denver Art Museum is a little over a mile from campus and is easily accessible by
car, walking, or public transit. Perhaps the easiest (and cheapest) way to reach the
museum is to walk to 16th Street Mall and take the Free Mall Ride to the Civic Center
Station (the end of the line) and walk a couple of blocks to the museum from there. Here
are some other options:
Walking Directions from Campus
Driving Directions from Campus
Public Transit Directions from Campus
Important.
!This is not a research project, but if you do use an outside source, you must cite it.
!Use specific examples to support your thesis.
!The Denver Art Museum is free to Colorado residents the first Saturday of the month,
so you may want to schedule your visit for one of those days.
! It may be helpful to read Susan Vogel’s chapter in Exhibiting Cultures provided on
Canvas.
! If you are unsure which exhibit to visit consult this list.

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