At the SFMOMA and the De Young when we visit next week, part of your assignment will be to analyze or deconstruct the institution (figure out what interdependent and conflicting forces are at play in the museum).
In your sketchbook, make notes on the mission statement and history of SFMOMA
In your sketchbook, make notes on the mission statement and history of the DeYoung
In considering the questions: “who decides what work is shown in a museum?” and “who determines the meaning of an artwork?”,
take notes on the ideas in the following two articles:
In considering the architecture and role of museums, take notes on the following two articles so that you can assess the museums that you visit in these contexts.
Finally, in your sketchbook, define the words didactic, cryptic, ethereal, abject, memorializing, narrative, and devotional which we will talk about in relation to some of the works we will see.