Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2012

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Humanities

First Advisor

Annjeanette Wiese

Abstract

This paper addresses the historically-instilled division between the art museum and its visitors and their inability to connect to fulfill their mutually held educational goals. Through a careful examination of museum-industry texts, unpublished evaluation study findings, observations of existing museum exhibitions, and my own hypothetical examples, I argue for increased transparency of art museum selection practices through more centralized interpretive activities. Openness between the museum and its visitors will reveal the constructed nature of knowledge by allowing visitors to partake in the interpretative process, and thereby better achieve communication and understanding between the art museum and its visitors.

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