Megan DiRienzo, Detroit Institute of Arts, USA
Published paper: No. It doesn’t distract from the art.
Tired of face-palming yourself when you hear a museum traditionalist lament the death of aesthetic experience at the cruel hands of interpretive elements that distract from the art? This paper will present compelling evidence from the Detroit Institute of Arts supporting the idea that digital engagements—displayed just as prominently as the art, with the art—are crucial to providing seamless aesthetic and learning experiences for museum visitors.
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