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Delivered in Minneapolis, MN on June 20, 2008.

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  • 1. When wall obstructionsbecometeachable moments: Learning in Museums 2008 Peter Samis Associate Curator, Interpretation San Francisco Museum of Modern Art AAM-LiM Minneapolis 20 June 2008

2. This is our Problem Space: Opportunity 3. Visual Velcro

  • The ability of an image or object to grab you, stop you in your tracks, reach down into you, and stay with you.

4. Teflon Velcro 5. Some things have velcro even though they look clean and polished Mirrors, for instance. 6. Or even moreso, The Bean. 3,591 images on flickr. [These 5 by Ken Ilio.] 7. When theres no velcro, we supply the hooks.[used by Wayne Gretzky as a child] 8. Different objects have different hooks suited to themurbanmkr ,...in our borrowed tackle box 9. Sometimes its a case of whats missing. 10. Sometimes its a case of whats there. 11. We have tools. Some are traditional 12. and others are technological. 13. How do we know when to choose which? Randi Korn & Associates 14. Or put another way:This is our OpportunitySpace! 15. Answer the Big Questions

  • Why would anyone make/ collect this ?
  • Whats it doing in this big ( or little ) museum?
  • What does it have to do with theother worksaround it?
  • What would I be doing ifImade this or were in this historic persons boots?

16. Hypothetical Demand Curve: 17. Honor the artistand the object. Honor the visitor. Meet your visitors where they are. & 18. Thank you. 19. Additional Photo Credits Marshall Astor,Walter Kitundu - Fifteen String Phonoharp label - Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco Marshall Astor,De Young Museum - Burroughs photograph - label Mr. T in DC , Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat Info