FC: Oceanside Museum of Art Museum Visit Photo Essay Aubrey Hanson October 25, 2011
1: Aubrey Hanson's Museum Visit Photo Essay | The Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) is committed to foster and promote the study, appreciation and understanding of art through its exhibitions, collections, educational programs and publications.
2: In OMAs entrance, the visitor is welcomed into a bright, naturally-lit area with a friendly front desk that offers information about all the exhibits. Public relations, security and member services were all centered at this central desk. The lowere picture is the original, undecorated lobby, but often the museum chooses to decorate with current artwork. The art included on the windows and the mobile piece were all original art as well, marketing for the included pieces.
3: Upon entering the Oceanside Museum of Art, the visitor is immediately greeted by original pieces by a local artist. I thought this idea of a "preview" of the art inside appealed to people passing by the museum, a great strategy applied by the marketing and public relations departments to draw people into the museum.
4: I was very impressed with the exhibition design and lighting of this exhibit. At the end of this exhibition of Francoise Gilot, a large fabric installation drew the visitor on through the exhibit to explore it more closely. Also, since the last room was dark, a little plaque was hung explaining the conservation strategies necessary when dealing with monotypes, something that would involve both the conservator's input and the curator's decision.
5: This panel, mentioned on the previous page, was a huge draw through the exhibit. It was a smart decision to put it at the end of the exhibit, a decision that involved the input of curator, designers, and the collections manager.
6: I was very impressed with the lighting decisions throughout the entire museum. In this exhibition of portraits by Vicki Walsh, the subdued color scheme and then the very focused lighting highlighted Walsh's works. Curators and designers would have been involved with these decisions, and the artist probably had some input in her installation.
7: Upon entering each of the exhibits, the museum supplied a letter from the Director and a personal excerpt from the artist about their work. The personal touch that the Director added in explaining the OMA's interest in this work made the exhibit feel more personally designed for the space and more cohesive.
8: This exhibition of Everett Peck's work was a great use of mixing multimedias. In this opening room, a mock illustrating table is displayed, covered with the artist's sketches and memorabilia. The screen on the left plays clips of animated shows done by Peck. Media specialists, Information Systems and Exhibition Design professionals were all involved in the creative layout of this room.
9: Collections managers as well as exhibition designers were invovled with the idea of displaying Peck's personal sketchbooks, a glimpse into the brainstorming process of Peck.
10: Upon approaching the exit of the museum, one reenters the room with the natural light and welcome desk, where museum agents inquire into your visit and encourage you to sign their mailing list. I also liked the large frosted "O" on the window, the Musuem's logo. From the outside, the mixture of the logo and the art installation pieces was a smart idea by the marketing professionals.