Kathleen McLean (firstname.lastname@example.org) is principal of Independent Exhibitions, exhibitions editor of Curator: The Museum Journal, and is one of 100 museum innovators of the past 100 years named in 2006 to the American Association of Museums Centennial Honor Role.
Do Museum Exhibitions Have a Future?
Article first published online: 15 JAN 2010
2007 California Academy of Sciences
Curator: The Museum Journal
Volume 50, Issue 1, pages 109–121, January 2007
How to Cite
McLean, K. (2007), Do Museum Exhibitions Have a Future?. Curator: The Museum Journal, 50: 109–121. doi: 10.1111/j.2151-6952.2007.tb00253.x
- Issue published online: 15 JAN 2010
- Article first published online: 15 JAN 2010
Abstract A 50-year retrospective return to the first volume of Curator: The Museum Journal suggests that colleagues half a century ago were vitally aware of the cultural potential of museums, the well-being of visitors, the need for interpretation and learning, and even the appeal of staying open 24 hours a day. So the more things change, the more they stay the same? The question leads to others: Are exhibitions an obsolete medium? Can museums keep pace with the interactions available elsewhere: virtual games, video arcades, jazz clubs, even a good Chinese restaurant? Is the glass half full of optimism or pessimism?