For this visit, we navigated to the Victoria and Albert Museum to pick up on themes from last week’s lecture and seminar on the importance of history in design. We took a look at several galleries containing many things, such as pottery, paintings, designs, models of buildings.
Doing this task today gave me the opportunity to look over these works, annotate and get a good idea of what I may need to review, discuss and critique in future for the review in week 8.
We broke up in to groups of 2 or 3 for that day and to consider looking at each display with in the gallery. We completed a template, which is a template base for what a review may look like. It was like a mini-review.
Introducing the gallery: We had to think about the key details, feel of the space, impressions, unique features. We have to try and mention something about the gallery/museum and why they are mounting this exhibition and who it’s for.
My notes for this section for gallery 123:
- The space of each object has been put in to consideration.
- One item doesn’t distract one from the other.
- the impressions on some of the work, such as the polished furniture, or even the historical chair set made in dedication to the great exhibition event left me astounded and amazed. Each fine detail made by the artist/designer is incredible.
Describing the theme/story.
What is the topic/theme/issue represented? There may be more than one: make a list. Quote from text panels if you like. How displays explain context is very important. look closely at what information is given.
- In gallery 123, it was more of a memory and a build up of progress that represented the start of the V&A and its history in how it was made, who was dedicated to it and how it came about.
- Moving on to the next gallery, it was the beginning of how english culture was influenced by other cultures.
How is the theme addressed?
Features to consider: gallery labels, captions and titles; what objects are introduced and why(Make a list with detailed caption notes to draw from: dates, materials, designer are all important clues for context)?; how are displays?;what perspectives are represented or who is telling the story? what is the agenda. connect objects to the themes listed above.
(I have notes for this section.)
I may have to revisit the museum again next week to get some more photos and notes on the different topics.