Looking at and talking about art has become popular in non-art related disciplines like medical sciences, engineering, and mathematics. These types of tours are a favorite at Landmarks because they result in new perspectives and insights about the collection.
Learning with Landmarks
As students return to campus eager to start a new year, many will join clubs and groups to meet new people and build specialized skills. Landmarks has two distinct volunteer programs that help keep our program running. Landmarks Docents are trained to lead visitors on tours of the collection. They learn about important trends in modern and contemporary art, how to engage with their audience, and public speaking skills. Landmarks Preservation Guild (LPG) helps maintain the works of art in the collection.
As part of the opening celebrations for Ann Hamilton's O N E E V E R Y O N E, Landmarks hosted a writing workshop lead by Dr. Kathleen Stewart, Professor in the Department of Anthropology at UT.
News broke last week about two new additions to the Landmarks collection. Marc Quinn’s Spiral of the Galaxy will anchor the gateway to the Dell Medical School in September and Ann Hamilton’s O N E E V E R Y O N E will be installed in multiple buildings at the Dell Medical School in January. The projects will have scholarly essays written by UT doctoral candidate Robin Williams (Quinn) and art historian and critic Nancy Princenthal (Hamilton).
Professor Min Liu and her Digital Media Tech and Learning class in the School of Undergraducate Studies visited Landmarks again this semester. After a tour of the collection, students broke into groups and chose one of the works to highlight in a video. The assignment taught students to use video editing tools and to think about effective ways to communicate with digital media.
Last week, Landmarks took center stage in a lesson on educational theatre in Dr. Pauline Strong’s Intro to Museum Studies course. Teaching assistant Sam Provenzano, a graduate student in the Department of Theatre and Dance, wrote the assignment to teach how “theatrical performances in museums [help] create new access points for patrons experiencing art, history, science, etc.”