Suspended: Art in the threshold

Ride, P. 2018. Suspended: Art in the threshold. in: Parry, R., Page, R. and Moseley, A. (ed.) Museum Thresholds: The Design and Media of Arrival London Routledge.

Chapter titleSuspended: Art in the threshold
AuthorsRide, P.
EditorsParry, R., Page, R. and Moseley, A.
Abstract

This chapter explores how artworks in the museum threshold can also be seen to function as metaphors for the museum itself. Through a series of examples, it shows how artworks contribute to the meaning of the museum threshold in ways that are ambiguous and diverse by offering a creative experience to the museum visitor. They can be impactful or resonant, experimental or playful and they can deconstruct or interpret the experience of the architecture. They demonstrate how the multiple roles of the threshold space go well beyond the utilitarian functions. Alongside introductory or wayfaring signage, invitations and instructions on how space is to be used and negotiated or suggesting the social mores that are in place, and promotions for exhibitions, events, products and income-generating activities, there are many other ways in which the threshold conveys meaning to visitors. Artwork gives the museum visitor a nuanced and complex way of understanding what the museum has to offer.

Keywordsmuseums ; art ; threshold ; curation
Book titleMuseum Thresholds: The Design and Media of Arrival
Year2018
PublisherRoutledge
FileRide_ Suspended_ chapter.pdf
Publication dates
Published10 May 2018
Place of publicationLondon
ISBN9781138646032
9781315627793

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