Be the Critic

Understand the messages that art exhibitions share with their viewers.

With stories to tell and ideas to propose, good exhibitions can make you see art in completely new ways. Experience them to the fullest by learning to judge them for yourself.

Be the Critic: How to Evaluate Museum Exhibitions introduces you to the major components of art exhibitions – the choices that together add up to an exhibition with a point of view.

  • Types of exhibitions
  • Themes and ideas
  • Artwork selection and installation
  • Exhibition design
  • Wall texts
  • The museum itself

This short course guides students to identify exhibitions’ main themes and viewpoints and then recognize how the exhibition supports and develops those ideas. Through suggested questions and things to consider, it also helps students to evaluate and critique what they observe. It is designed for art lovers who are already comfortable with visiting museums and thinking analytically about what they see there.

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Introduction Types of Exhibitions First Impressions Artworks Exhibition Design The Ideas Be the Critic Evaluating Museums