Title

Excuse Me, Is This a Church? Display as Content at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-3-2017

Abstract

This essay explores two canonical installations at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Cloisters and African galleries in the Rockefeller wing. After providing a brief history of the formation of these collections and their display strategies, I analyze the effect of exhibition design for a visitor’s judgments and impressions of the works of art. I argue that museum educators should incorporate display strategies into the narratives we create in these spaces, and I share approaches that I use in my lectures and tours.

Publication Name

Journal of Museum Education

Volume Number

42

First Page

258

Last Page

272

Issue Number

3

DOI

10.1080/10598650.2017.1343540

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