Why a Contemporary Art Museum?

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  • Title: Why a Contemporary Art Museum?: The Museum Experience through Contemporary Art Exhibition
  • Author(s): Jungwon Lee
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: The Inclusive Museum
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum
  • Keywords: Contemporary Art Museum, Art Museum Experience, Role of Contemporary Art, Interactive Art Museum Experience, Preservice Secondary Teachers
  • Volume: 17
  • Issue: 2
  • Date: March 21, 2024
  • ISSN: 1835-2014 (Print)
  • ISSN: 1835-2022 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/1835-2014/CGP/v17i02/51-71
  • Citation: Lee, Jungwon. 2024. "Why a Contemporary Art Museum?: The Museum Experience through Contemporary Art Exhibition." The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum 17 (2): 51-71. doi:10.18848/1835-2014/CGP/v17i02/51-71.
  • Extent: 21 pages

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Art museums serve the public in a wide variety of ways, such as exhibition places for art and artifacts, as well as venues for social and educational events. However, as noted by Eisner and Dobbs, Art Education, many museums are culturally rich but pedagogically poor, as evidenced by the tendency of most visitors to reject the docent tour, refuse the audio guide, and leave the catalog unread. Since most museum visitors prefer to explore on their own, the role of museum exhibitions, which reflect democratic education, becomes important in helping visitors create meaningful experiences and develop creativity. This study is based on my art theory classes at A University and B University in Daegu, Korea. The study will examine how the prospective middle and high school teachers from my class perceive contemporary art exhibitions and the social role of contemporary art and art museums. Through this research, it will be possible to suggest the direction that contemporary art museums should take in the future.