PULLMAN -- A rare glimpse of the operations that allow a museum to present world-class exhibitions will be offered this summer by the Washington State University Museum of Art during its Curator's Choice Exhibition: Behind the Scenes, which runs from May 20 through July 3.
Admission to the museum is free. Summer hours are from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.
During the exhibit, museum staff will perform behind-the-scenes curatorial tasks within the gallery space. Visitors will be able to observe and converse with staff and student assistants as they work on collection preservation, exhibition mounting, documentation and inventory.
This exhibit takes place at a time when museums are seeking to modify their core processes to become more transparent and participatory, leading to an accessible and socially engaging experience for the viewer.
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Throughout the exhibit, the artwork displayed and modes of engagement will be constantly changing, offering visitors the opportunity to view artworks from the permanent collection that are rarely seen.
Each day will potentially offer a completely new experience for the viewer and make visible the methods of conservation and scholarship that are essential to any museum.
For more information, call 509-335-1910 or go to http://museum.wsu.edu or www.wsumuseumclass.com.