This year’s annual meeting of the American Alliance of Museums has been centered around the idea of telling a story. Storytelling is a vital part of the museum experience, and there are a variety of means by which a museum can tell a story. Elizabeth Merritt, founding director of the Center for the Future of Museums, offers an interesting take on museum storytelling.
Merrit discusses sharing the story of how the art in her institution was acquired with her guests. The history of art/object acquisition is often bloody and carries significant sociopolitical weight, thus leading to a great discussion opportunity in the gallery. This also raises a fair amount of questions.
Think of some of your favorite museums. How did they come to acquire the artifacts they display? Would these artifacts be better served on display closer to where they were found? Apart from that, how are you choosing to share stories in your institution? Are there more creative ways to share your museum’s story?
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