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Visitor-Centered Exhibitions and Edu-Curation in Art Museums

Edited by Pat Villeneuve and Ann Rowson Love

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Visitor-Centered Exhibitions and Edu-Curation in Art Museums promotes balanced practices that are visitor-centered while honoring the integrity and powerful storytelling of art objects. Book examples present best practices that move beyond the turning point, where curation and education are engaged in full and equal collaboration. With a mix of theory and models for practice, the book:
• provides a rationale for visitor-centered exhibitions;
• addresses important related issues, such as collaboration and evaluation; and,
• presents success stories written by educators, curators, and professors from the United States and Europe.
• introduces the edu-curator, a new vision for leadership in museums with visitor-centered
exhibition practices.
The book is intended for art museum practitioners, including educators, curators, and exhibitions designers, as well as higher education faculty and students in art/museum education, art history, and museum studies.
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 298Size: 6 x 9 1/8
978-1-4422-7898-1 • Hardback • April 2017 • $95.00 • (£65.00)
978-1-4422-7899-8 • Paperback • March 2017 • $45.00 • (£29.95)
978-1-4422-7900-1 • eBook • March 2017 • $44.99 • (£29.95)
Pat Villeneuve is professor and director of arts administration in the Department of Art Education, Florida State University, where she has developed graduate programs in museum education and visitor-centered exhibitions. Pat is editor of the book From Periphery to Center: Art Museum Education in the 21st Century and recipient of the National Art Education Association national museum educator of the year award in 2009. She has published and presented extensively nationally and internationally and has developed supported interpretation, a model for visitor-centered exhibitions.


Ann Rowson Love is the coordinating faculty member for the museum education and visitor-centered exhibitions program in the Department of Art Education at Florida State University. She is also faculty liaison to The Ringling. Ann has been a museum educator, curator, and administrator for over 25 years. She presents and publishes widely on curatorial collaboration, visitor studies, and art museum interpretation.
Foreword by Kaywin Feldman
Preface
Acknowledgements

Part I. Foundations: The Need for Edu-Curation

1. From There to Here: In Support of Visitor-Centered Exhibitions
Pat Villeneuve

2. Edu-Curation and the Edu-Curator
Ann Rowson Love and Pat Villeneuve

3. Rethinking Curator/Educator Training and Interaction in the Co-Production of Art Museum Exhibitions
Brian Hogarth

Part II. Readiness: Structuring Your Approach

4. From Consultation to Collaboration: Mechanisms for Integrating Community Voices into Exhibition Development
Judith Koke and Keri Ryan
5. Dynamic Moments: Testing High-Engagement Visitor Experiences at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
Maia Werner-Avidon, Deborah Clearwaters and Dany Chan

6. Cu-Rate: Starting Curatorial Collaboration with Evaluation
Ann Rowson Love

7. Aligning Authority with Responsibility for Interpretation
Kathryn E. Blake, Jerry N. Smith and Christian Adame

Part III. Collaboration in Action

8. Beyond the Gate: Collaborating with Living Artists to Bring Communities into the Museum and the Museum into Communities
Maureen Thomas-Zaremba and Matthew McLendon

9. Collaboration Within and Outside the Museum: Student-Written Labels in a Featured Exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Rosie Riordan and Stephanie Fox Knappe

10. Supported Interpretation: Building a Visitor-Centered Exhibition Model
Pat Villeneuve

11. The Absolute Resolution Photography Exhibition: Facilitating Visitor Engagement with Supported Interpretation (SI)
Alicia Viera, Carla Ellard and Kathy Vargas

12. Visitor as Activist: A Mobile Social Justice Museum's Call for Critical Visitor Engagement
Monica O. Montgomery and Hannah Heller

Part IV. Seeing Inside the Process

13. Multivocal, Collaborative Practices in Community-Based Art Museum Exhibitions
Marianna Pegno and Chelsea Farrar

14. For the Use of Art
Astrid Cats

15. Philosophical Inquiry: A Tool for Decision Making in Participatory Curation
Trish Scott, Ayisha de Lanerolle, Karen Eslea and individual participants

16. Teaching Visitor-Centered Exhibitions: A Duoethnography of Two Team Members
Ann Rowson Love and John Jay Boda

Part V. Sustaining Engaged Organizational Learning

17. Complementary: Reflections on Curator-Educator Teamwork at the Denver Art Museum
Stefania Van Dyke

18. Building a Workplace That Supports Educator – Curator Collaboration
Jennifer Wild Czajkowski and Salvador Salort-Pons

19. Visitor-Centered Exhibition Design: Theory into Practice
Elizabeth K. Eder, Andrew Pekarik and Zeynep Simavi

About the Editors and Contributors
Index
This book tackles the sticky arena of art museum exhibition development with a compilation of essays by respected professionals who have long experience experimenting with new practices for developing visitor-centered experiences with art. The authors importantly predict new needs for visitor-centered museums and offer multiple examples of engaged practices between educators, curators, and interpretive planners that encourage them slip in and out of their disciplinary boundaries to support shared authority. Readers will come away with useful questions and models toward transforming the education, training and practices of museum professionals so they may serve audiences and communities in increasingly robust, meaningful ways.
Swarupa Anila, Director of Interpretive Engagement at the Detroit Institute of Arts


Visitor-Centered Exhibitions and Edu-Curation in Art Museums is a highly readable and informative introduction to the notion of edu-curation. The book is wide in its reach and is a must read for those interested in understanding more about how museum professionals are responding to the challenge of remaking the physical museum. Highlighting contemporary thinking around design and research-led methods of exhibition-making, individual chapters provide in depth case studies of change and detailed descriptions of key projects. Collectively, the chapters offer important insights into organizations in the midst of change and both the challenges and opportunities that any meaningful shift to a visitor-centered approach will entail.
Suzanne MacLeod, Director and Head of School, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester


Visitor-Centered Exhibitions and Edu-Curation in Art Museums is a breakthrough publication in the maelstrom that includes studies on audience engagement, museum education, free-choice learning, meaning-making, relevancy, and curatorial voice. Villeneuve and Rowson-Love masterfully weave together a mélange of educator, curator, interpreter, evaluator, museum director, and academic voices in a way that gives proportionate weight to each discipline. Ostensibly tailored for art museums and academics, Visitor-Centered Exhibitions and Edu-Curation in Art Museums is broadly applicable to museums of many disciplines and international as well as national audiences. The authors highlight the urgency and the value in enabling informal learners to see the world through a non-normative lens. Further, they blur the false dichotomy between educators and curators finding common ground that gives us hope for the future of museums and their value in crossing borders, healing divides, and discovering newfound possibilities for developing sustainable, dynamic organizations that are an essential component of the fabric of our society.
W. James Burns, Ph.D., Director, The University of Arizona Museum of Art


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