Location: The Walters Art Museum
Dates: Fall 2012–Fall 2013
Seeking new approaches to reinstalling the Walters’ Asian collection, Dr. Robert Mintz, chief curator and curator of Asian art at the Walters Art Museum, invited students to participate in a curatorial exploration of the collections currently on view at the Hackerman House of the Museum.
In the fall of 2012, students in the course Encountering East Asian Art: Museum Display, Theory, and Practice, investigated the East Asian collections of the Walters Art Museum, considered new ways to present the Walters’ collection, and developed reinstallation proposals for testing.
In the fall of 2013, Robert Mintz and Rebecca Brown (History of Art) co-taught a sequel to this course: Encountering South and Southeast Asian Art: Museum Display, Theory, and Practice. In this iteration, students explored various curatorial approaches to the interpretation of South and Southeast Asian art, considered new ways to present the Walters’ collection, and developed reinstallation proposals that involved both writing (gallery text, critical analysis) and modeling their ideas virtually in Google Sketchup.