Prior virtual tours held over the last months featured the LA County Museum of Art, The Broad and Craft Contemporary. Most of the virtual tours are accompanied by interactive activities for participants or ideas for do-it-yourself projects.
According to Loera, the tours are guided by the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. The standards for students’ learning outcomes include being able to recognize the purpose of the artwork, orchestrate effective searches for images, interpret the visual media and identify the works’ sources.
Hoping to provide an entertaining experience, both Loera and Shen try to engage the participants in fun and lighthearted discussions and offer anonymous polls to get the opinions of those present. “We are acutely aware of the looming Zoom fatigue and try to keep this set of programming active, engaging and relaxed,” Loera added.
Both Loera and Shen lead the virtual tours. After providing an overview of the museum, the two librarians proceed by explaining the individual art pieces while offering their perspectives on the work.
“We talk about different ways of understanding art, and we also talk about how art is created,” Shen said. “We touch on how you can incorporate art into your class projects, not just for art classes but for other subjects as well.”
The next museum tour is scheduled for Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. Participants will be experiencing The Getty Museum, observing “The Iris: Behind the Scenes at the Getty” exhibition and interacting with a “Getty Animal Crossing Art Generator,” an interactive tool that makes it possible for Animal Crossing players to add art into their islands and transform their homes into art galleries.
“Art can communicate so much meaning. A picture is worth a thousand words, and a work of art perhaps even more,” Shen said.
For more information, visit https://libguides.library.cpp.edu/artmuseums.
(Feature image courtesy of Robert Couse-Baker)
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