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October 26, 2012

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Danielle V.

Your blog post opens with a quote from the poet and visionary Ezra Pound. Ezra Pound also said “genius is the capacity to see ten things where the ordinary man sees one.” The hybrid of artistic elements is becoming more and more popular in museum exhibits across the country. As a student, art-appreciator, and frequent museum visitor, I have been wondering what museums are doing to update their collections to appeal to a 21st century audience. The introduction of The Children’s First Book of Poetry, published in 1915, reads “We hear much nowadays about the decline of poetry. No one reads poetry any more. Poets cannot make a living. The world has ceased to express its ideals in verse.” I find this quote and the date fascinating and a bit disheartening. Poetry is such a unique art form. I think that creating a space that presents, preserves, and introduces poetry to individuals is very important.

The interview with David Ward was very insightful. I find the process of selecting what material are displayed a key part of creating the feel of the museum. I have a few follow up questions that I would have liked to ask David Ward, if given the chance:

What other art forms or mediums would have fit in? I would like to see the exploration of performance art in the National Portrait Gallery.

A number of museums have begun implementing performance art pieces into their museum. For example, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, artist Marina Abramovic sits in a chair and stares at museum visitors all day. In the New York Times coverage of the new exhibit, Robin Pogrebin explored the innovation of performance art in traditional art museums. By including the visitors in the experience in a non-traditional and new way, visitors are more likely to visit again. I think poetry is meant to be shared and read aloud.

My other questions would be: What would an exhibit featuring the contemporary poets mentioned look like? If this exhibit became permanent, which pieces would stay in the collection? What is your favorite part of the exhibit.

Thank you for a wonderful exhibit.

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