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RE: [teacherartexchange] Museums vs. internet


From: Hillmer, Jan (HillmJan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Dec 05 2006 - 07:46:30 PST

Hi Woody,
She's in a small college in Indiana, southeast of Chicago, and she LOVES
the museum experience. She's just got to learn how to defend it. She
already works at the museum at her college, and did an internship last
summer at the Tampa Museum of Art. I'll pass along your words of


-----Original Message-----
From: Woody Duncan []
Sent: Tuesday, December 05, 2006 10:30 AM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] Museums vs. internet

On Dec 5, 2006, at 6:36 AM, Hillmer, Jan wrote:

> I'm trying to analyze the value
> of art's actual, physical existence (and thus the existence of
> museums)
> over its intellectual accessibility now present to people
> everywhere via
> the internet. Do you have any ideas where I can find information about
> the value of museums? I just don't know what to read...all of our
> texts
> disrepute museums and knock them for preserving archaic ideas of
> intelligence, wealth and power attached to art and thus creating a
> sense
> of exclusivity.

Wow !! Where do I start. Access to images to art via the internet is a
wonderful thing, but vs. the existence of museums ??? I hope your
and the other students at her college has had multiple opportunities
to visit
and experience "actual" museums. There is no comparison between the best
virtual image and the real experience of being in the presence of the
object. A great museum is much more that a place to preserve art. A
museum requires a public that comes to experience it's treasures.

I'd type more and more but I need to leave to give a tour of the
Albuquerque Museum for 2nd graders. The first thing I'll tell my
young visitors is that the museum and the art and artifacts in it
belong to them. Our museum is owned by the city and funded by
our taxes. As one of 150 well trained Docents, I say: don't look
for articles and books to support her paper - just visit any good

Woody, Retired in Albuquerque

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