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Installation view of “Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010” at MoMA, which did not use wall texts. COURTESY MOMA

Wall Talk: Do We Even Need Museum Wall Labels?

There was a time when the labels and texts in museum shows were matter-of-fact explanations—the artist, title, date, medium, and then a few informative words from the curator. But as exhibitions have become more extravagant, provocative, and controversial, attended by … Read More


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Funerary Carving (Malagan), Northern Ireland, 19th-20th century, wood, paint, opercula, and fiber. THE MICHAEL C. ROCKEFELLER MEMORIAL COLLECTION, BEQUEST OF NELSON A. ROCKEFELLER, 1979.

The Metropolitan Museum’s Global Revolutionary

How the original Rockefeller Republican effected radical change by championing “Primitive” art Read More


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‘Your Labels Make Me Feel Stupid’

In an effort to connect with visitors who feel bored, overwhelmed, or confused, museums are using focus groups, comment boards, and even full-time evaluators to help rethink and rewrite texts in the galleries. Read More


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Reshaping the Art Museum

Confronted with urgent demographic realities, art-museum directors are drawing on game theory, interactive technology, and a host of other new strategies to help people feel welcome, engaged, and emotionally fulfilled. Read More