Is Visitor Attentiveness the High Price of Admission?
Exhibit Planning & Design
Start Day and Time
Monday May 8 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
131 America's Center
This session invites attendees to critique the notion of attentiveness, an unspoken criterion for museum exhibits. Join panelists to brainstorm a hypothetical exhibition. Can the techniques developed by interpretive designers in the past generation-narrative, dialogue, interaction, simulation, role-playing, and other modes of experiential learning-meet the challenge of new cognitive styles brought by new and more diverse audiences? Do museums need to develop new techniques, perhaps employing social media and multiple learning paths, and thereby redefine what we mean by an attentive audience"?
Exhibit Planning and Design track generously supported by Monadnock Media"
- Measure how visitor-centered learning may positively and negatively impose requirements for heightened attentiveness in museum programs.
- Imagine new ways of sustaining attentiveness to complex content for visitors with diverse cognitive styles.
- Find new ways to integrate the often-conflicting impulses of social media and immersive, highly focused exhibition experiences.
Director, MN History Center Museum
Minnesota Historical Society
Has worked in museums for over 30 years, for 19 as leader of the museum program at MNHS. The award-winning exhibitions of his team exemplify a commitment to participation, pluralism, and careful visitor research. They have ranged from multidisciplinary, high immersion, and media-rich approaches for a general family audience, to community-based collaborations, site-specific interpretive centers, and more traditional art or photography shows.
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
Historian, museum educator, and pres. of Amer History Wkshp, he has led creative teams in fashioning over 500 innovative history programs in 33 states-incl. Tenement Mus, Birmingham Civil Rights Inst, Slavery in NY. Dir, Yale Inst on Publ Hist for Af-Am Museums. Awarded 2012 Herbert Feis Prize for distinguished contributions to public history by Am Hist Assn. Author, Curating America: Journeys through Storyscapes of the American Past (2016)