This information is designed to help Otis faculty members prepare their students for visits to the Ben Maltz Gallery. The reference material for each exhibition may vary but included are artists’ biographies and reviews of previous work; essay(s) by the curator(s); didactic material; checklist; and other background information that might be useful in the classroom. To schedule a tour of the exhibition, contact Kathy MacPherson, email@example.com.
Tips for visiting an art gallery or museum on your own:
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 first, before reading any of the didactic materials. Gauge 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.
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.