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This information was designed to help Otis Faculty & Students prepare for visits to the Ben Maltz Gallery. The reference material varies but includes artists’ biographies, reviews of previous work; essay(s) by the curator(s); didactic material; and exhibition checklist. Faculty were encouraged to schedule a tour of the exhibition for groups or classes.
Prior to coming to the gallery, review the materials and the information available on the Maltz Gallery’s exhibition page: images, press release, and often a short documentary style video tour.
If attending a scheduled tour with the curator or gallery staff member, take a stroll around the gallery for a first look to gather your impressions before the guided experience.
Ask students to prepare a question for the curator or tour guide prior to coming to the gallery to help create conversation, and to promote discussions.The gallery is for conversation not silence.
Please have students leave their bags in the gallery office while on the tour, and remind them that there is no food or drink allowed in the gallery.
A collection of helpful ideas for instructors who are designing gallery and exhibition related projects.
Do research. See what information is available about the institution or specific exhibition prior to your visit.
Time it right. Check the gallery or museum hours before venturing out, and see if there are any public programs you might want to attend.
Keep an open mind. When you enter the gallery, take a look around the room at the work on your own first, before reading any of the didactic materials. Note your first impressions and then as you learn more about what you are looking at, reflect on how your impressions might change with more information. It’s important to understand the “who, what, where, why and how” of an artist’s intent and the context within which they are making work, but also important to allow for your own response to the work itself.
Ask questions. If you don’t understand what you are looking at or want more information, don’t hesitate to ask the people working at the gallery.
Stay in touch. If you like what you see at a gallery, sign up to be on the mailing list and go back again and again to learn more about their programming. Each venue has a different mission or focus.