Depth and Breadth

Eleanor Hyun, British Museum

 

Museum professionals comprise most of this roundtable, and in having recently joined those ranks, I want to think about the relationship between art history, display strategies, and audiences.  In moving from the university to the museum, the classroom training predictably informs the decisions of a curator, but museums as institutions have their own remits and parameters.  With globalization and a greater awareness of the variety of relational networks, display strategies have come under necessary scrutiny.  I will briefly address some of these issues knowing that there are no easy answers, but with the hopes of discussing the narrative choices with regards to generalities, specificities, commonalities, and singularities of objects and cultures and the stakes involved in these strategies.