Jillian Tamaki

On Museums

Aug 3rd, 2009

There’s an interesting article in today’s New York Times about how we engage with museums. Despite my sadly stunted Art History education (1st Year University canonical survey course), it’s a topic I find very interesting. It never fails to amuse me to see tourists in the Met who take a lot of pictures but fail to actually look at anything. Not to sound too snobby about it.

The article reminds me of a very good Walrus essay by Adam Gopnik, which explores the evolution of museums’ mission and functions.

(As a sidenote, I first heard the Gopnik essay as a podcast produced by CBC’s Ideas program… an excellent download.)