Thinking about a new tool for ARTH 317: Laboratory in Museum Studies.
OK, it’s not what we’ll be looking at in class, but it’s just an example to see how it works and how this can be uploaded to a blog. I can see using this in the next Margaret Sutton exhibition, spring 2018.
I can imagine creating something like this with students about the city of Venice. The link is to The Virtual Lawn produced at the University of Virginia. There’s a great deal here that focuses on Jefferson and his architecture at UVA, but also the Renaissance architect Palladio, Humanism, ancient and Renaissance villas, and much more.
I also really like Frederic Kaplan’s Ted Talk on building an information time machine on the city of Venice. This would be a challenge here.
My original proposal for participation in the Digital Media Commons Initiative at UMW:
“My seminars on Venice include an online exhibit; these are vehicles for art history majors to present research on the art, culture, history, and environment of this extraordinary city. (The exhibit from 2011 is available here.) The exhibits attract attention online, and this is rewarding for students. Nevertheless, there is no contact between our students and students elsewhere in the US or in Italy. This project aims to remove barriers by establishing connections with colleagues and students beyond UMW in the creation of a website on which students from several institutions could collaborate. My current Venice seminar and May study abroad program to Venice and Croatia can initiate these connections.
Art history is the study of visual communications over time. While art historians often work alone and in archives, we also work collaboratively and with the newest technologies. Art history at UMW supports both approaches. This project connects on-site archival study with online collaborative discoveries, and establishes connections that currently do not exist. I have not identified an online project like this elsewhere; its uniqueness and innovativeness would draw students to UMW, to the ITCC, and to the interdisciplinary study of art history. It is a natural fit for the ITCC because it speaks to the Center’s mission to “imagine, create, share, and learn.” The project re-imagines teaching and learning here at UMW as both a classroom and a global liberal arts experience. The ITCC will be an actual building, but it will also be a virtual space open to a global community with its heart at UMW.”
This looks like a particularly good model for organizing online exhibits. The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women’s Education at Bryn Mawr College. I’ll consider this for the Venice seminar (spring 2014).
Dear Bernini students,
Please complete this sentence:
Working on this online exhibit has….
Here are some things to consider:
-other 400-level work you’ve done,
-research papers in other classes,
-how you might use this professionally,
-how this has prepared you for work in other classes or beyond UMW,
-how you might use this kind of project in your own work at a museum, school, etc.,
-what it means to work collaboratively on a project such as this,
-did you work differently on this project?
-And finally, what would you like to see added to an online exhibit project? Any advice to students? Recommendations to me?
Thank you. I’m not grading you on this…I very much would appreciate your responses.
I sent this out to students in my Bernini seminar this morning. I’m really hoping to hear from them. They’re a great group of art history and art history/studio art majors.
When I learned I would be teaching this seminar one week before classes began, I also learned that some students needed Museum Studies credit. I looked for a good reading in Museum Studies that would bridge a lot of ideas — faculty-student collaboration, working online, ideas about what needed to be put together, etc. I found some good articles (some of these were from Hannah…thank you!), but none that really fit the bill. So I decided I’d have to write the article myself. And I’d really like to incorporate your input. Guinea pigs? I hope not! More like contributors.
I’m part of a faculty project this semester and this is my particular goal: getting a complete draft of this article by the time of our opening. (We all have our deadlines.) Some of my ideas are posted to a blog: http://blog.maoch.org/. The very first blog post is called: Working on an exhibit. Right now, it’s just some topics…I’ll be adding more.
If any of you would like to leave a comment to this post (or any others) with your ideas, suggestions, questions, or problems you’ve encountered that future students will need to be aware of, I would very much appreciate it. Your contributions will be acknowledged in the article.
Please give it a thought. The Bernini online exhibit will be the fourth online exhibit I’ve done with students. When I first started this, there was nothing online to look at as a model. There’s still very little out there. So we’re all trying something that is still new here.
I look forward to your observations. No comments are too short, and all questions will be addressed. And no, you’re not being graded on this.
Looking forward to your hearing from you.
What do students need to know before developing an art exhibit online?
Function, purpose, goal(s)
Institutional requirements, restrictions, limitations
Professional development for students, particularly museum studies (minor)
How is this subject best explored in an online exhibit?
Technology — DTLT
How much does any one student/professor need to know about technology?
Collaborative teaching and learning
Collaborative curating — what models do museums offer?