ART314, Museum as Theatre: This
course considers aesthetic and theoretical issues that cross the
boundaries between performance art ("the black box") and museum
exhibition spaces ("the white box"). It is expressly designed to
explore the relationship between the history, criticism and theory
associated with curatorial theory and performance art.
The course is discussion and activity-based and incorporates
historical study, direct experience, critical analysis and research
at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and other local institutions.
Specific dramatic museum practices explored include:
- Live interpretation
- First-person (character) interpretation
- Third-person interpretation
- Living history & re-enactments
- Role play & storytelling
- Students can work in the medium or media of their choice
(course is adaptable for individual career focus).
- Powerpoint/Keynote or Prezi is used to present work.
- Google Drive is used as a collaborative tool
- Because students can choose their media, Photoshop,
Illustrator, InDesign, Blender, iMovie, Adobe Premiere are
Key Student Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course students will:
- Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of ways that
museums are performative spaces.
- Understand the role of museum collections and interpretations
of those collections in performative ways as expressions of
individual and human values within an historical and social
- Demonstrate knowledge of the criticism and theory related to
the ability of museums, museum curators and museum performers to
shape intercultural experiences.
- Develop an appreciation for the aesthetic principles that guide
or govern museum display, and performances in museum spaces.
- Perform evaluative analyses of museum displays and performative
acts that take place in museums within their social and historical
- To participate actively in the performative space of the museum
through on-site activities.