Over the past three decades, museums have explored various exhibition
methods such as avant-garde design and sensory stimulating programs to
enhance the visitor’s museum experience. It no longer suffices to simply
display a collection of objects in an exhibit. In adapting to this museum
trend, Capturing Emotions: Avedon & Botticelli will introduce an innovative
art experience by juxtaposing artworks of an Italian Renaissance painter,
Sandro Botticelli and an American photographer, Richard Avedon. The
exhibition will reveal the artists’ initial motives behind capturing characters
in their portraits and how they perceived human values and social
anxieties in the 15th century and modern era.
In evaluating professional and popular critiques of both successful and
failed blockbuster exhibitions, the information gathered will be thoroughly
analyzed to support this project. Furthermore, the exhibit will examine the
blockbuster techniques of how the exhibit’s core essence of informing
and educating was intact, while engaging and presenting a thoughtprovoking
message to the public.
Submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Masters of Arts
Corcoran College of Art + Design (Washington, D.C.)
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