Harold and Helen in the Art Museum: The Object as Text
by Elizabeth Vallance - 1989
Three cases of public encounters with art are described below. The three cases are isolated and unrelated incidents, but they are not atypical for what they can tell us about the role of "the object" in teaching the public about art. In this chapter, we examine the question of the museum object as text, using these cases and other instances as examples of the ways visual works of art are used by viewers in informing their own conceptions of "art" and their reactions to it. Implications for teachers' use of the object as text are drawn from these cases and from the lessons they offer.
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