art museum has big ambitions
Hartz, Director, Bayly
To rephrase, with apologies to Heraclitus,
You can never step into the same museum twice. My intention is
not to discourage museum visitors, but on the contrary, to encourage
you to come again -- and again. And that's one of the greatest
challenges facing the director of a relatively small museum in
a relatively small community. Seen it, done that? I doubt it.
Even more, I promise that each visit to the museum will be a different
experience -- and that the more you come, the more rewarding those
visits will be.
yourself to be a first-year student. In a critical way, although
we program for a growingly diverse constituency, that student
is our first priority. We keep in mind a four-year program period,
the average residency of an undergraduate. If that student makes
just four museum visits a year, spaced over time, he or she would
graduate with an expansive sense of artistic creation and a sensitivity
to cultural diversity. If that student were an art, architecture,
or anthropology major, he or she would benefit from studying actual
works in classes held in our Iron Gate Study Gallery. And if that
student just wanted to learn more or become more involved in the
museum, he or she could become a docent, intern or receptionist
and serve on the University's Art Board, helping to plan a major
visual event like Daniel Reeves's ideogram on the slope across
from the Education School or Agnes Denes's upcoming Poetry Walk.
average, the museum presents four large and eight small special
exhibitions each year. These supplement and enhance the permanent
collection, relate to the curriculum, and further faculty research
and community interests. Today, for instance, you can see temporary
exhibitions of Native American art, African masks, prints by African
American contemporary women, and contemporary ceramics. Two of
these shows were, in fact, organized by students. Our permanent
collection galleries cover other fields -- ancient, Asian, American
and European art.
this is a small museum. Imagine what it could be if our facility
campaign is successful. Not only could we show more of our collection
(and in more exciting ways), we could borrow paintings by Picasso
and Cezanne, for example, which we can't do in a facility without
climate control. We could offer studio workshops for all ages,
present art films on a regular schedule, and commission pieces
by artists-in-residence. We could become a magnet for innovative
collaborations and a center for contemplation and cultural life.
if you were this student, you might even come back for a visit
after you graduate.