Observation of Social Behavior in the National Gallery of Art The National Gallery of Art (NGA) houses some of the most prolific art in the world. Around four million people visit the NGA each year to gaze upon the collection of close to 130,000 items on display making it the sixth most popular art museum in the world (Lowe, 2013). The amount of foot traffic experienced by the museum provides the ideal setting to observe people as they move about the museum. The purpose of this paper is to observe human behavior in a social setting. A location in the west building of the NGA was selected for its vantage point to observe people as they transitioned through the museum. People were studied for a time of twenty-five minutes and …show more content…
The age of individuals traveling through the room varied greatly from infants to senior adults. The ethnicity of individuals covered a broad spectrum including, Causation, Asian, African, Indian, and Hispanic. Individuals moved around the room mainly in a clockwise manner. Over the duration of the observation the audible volume in the room never went above a low speaking voice with the exception of a small baby who started to cry. The parent of the infant was met with disapproving looks by the younger individuals in the room and light smiles by an elderly couple. The average expression was pensive in nature with little emotion expressed. People shuffled from painting to painting waiting for their turn to closely look at the artwork. There was little to no interaction between people. Several small groups of individuals would occasionally talk with one another in a low voice. Individual reactions to the artwork were similar. Individuals generally lacked overtly reactive facial expressions. Eye contact with other individuals was generally avoided unless the individuals were in group together. Personal space was generally respected with several exceptions. The second observation involved breaking the normative behavior and observing the reaction of individuals when this behavior was broken. The lack of personal interaction between museum guests and the general flow of traffic in the
Elevator Group Think: In this experiment it shows how if everyone is standing one way in the elevator that is not the norm, the other person is going to be compelled to stand that way too because everyone else is doing it. This is relevant to making it difficult to enforce standards of ethics because if a lot of people are doing something unethically, other people are compelled to do the same thing, so they are not left out.
I sat next to six females and two males who were all sitting by themselves in the library. I encountered a variety of reactions but saw similarities in most of them. Just as I expected some subjects were on their phones others did not pay much if any attention to my presence but that is not to say that no reactions surprised me. The frequency of different reactions was low all eight subjects checked their phones or used it in some way and all expressed some form of awkwardness by glancing at me instead of making direct eye contact. Six of the eight kept to themselves and never fully acknowledge my presence except when they moved their belongings over closer to themselves after I sat down. There were three reactions that surprised me the most for they went against my initial expectations. After sitting next to a male subject he did what most subjects did, he moved his things and shifted around a bit in his seat but instead of continuing his work or going on his phone he instead got up and left. The two other reactions both came from female subjects at different times. First I went ahead and sat next to the girl and she looked at me and smiled, after a few glances and looking at her phone she began to talk to me and stopped doing her work. A couple of subjects after her also glanced over at me from time to time but they either went back to doing their work or remained on their
Never before have I seen a museum as grand as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. From its architecture to its massive art collection, The Met has a little bit of everything and one is sure to find something that captures his or her interest. Considering that The Met is the United States' largest art museum, it is easy to get lost within its many corridors and wings. My visit to The Met took place during the last week of July. Despite the almost unbearable heat and humidity that hung in the air, visiting museums under these climate conditions is a welcome respite from a suffocating, yet bright summer afternoon.
Positioned alongside Central Park in the heart of New York City, The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the largest and most influential art museums in the world. The Met houses an extensive collection of curated works that spans throughout various time periods and different cultures. The context of museum, especially one as influential as the Met, inherently predisposes its visitors to a certain set of understandings that subtly influence how they interpret and ultimately construct meanings about each individual object within the museum. Brent Plate in Religion, Art, and Visual Culture argues that “objects obtain different meanings in different locations and historical settings.”An object placed on display behind a glass case inside a museum would hold a vastly different meaning if it was put on sale by a street vendor, like the ones who set up their tables in close proximity to the Met. The different meanings that objects are able to obtain is attributed to the relationships that are established between the object itself and the environment that surrounds it. These relationships often involve the kind of audience that a museum attracts, where the work is exhibited, and how the exhibits within a museum is planned out. Museums subsequently have the ability to control how these relationships are established which influences the way a viewer is able to construct meaning. When a visitor observes an object on display at the Met, they instinctively construct a certain set of
I hope to see museums make more concerted efforts to educate the public. Too many exhibits are of the “passive, didactic looking” than like the engaging Object Stories program (Dartt, Murawski). Exhibits should seek to tell untold narratives, and programs should be places of communication and cross-cultural encounters. For too long, difficult confrontations have been avoided, both inside the museum, and by dominant communities
The Dallas Museum is a renowned art museum established in 1903 and is located in Dallas, Texas (Neumann et al. 19). The Dallas Museum of art is one of the largest art museums in the United States of America containing more than 24,000 collections of art ranging from the ancient to the modern ones (MacDonald & Brettell 112). There are numerous things inside the museum, such as the pieces of art, museum visitors, and the architecture, that relate to the understanding of the world outside the museum in terms of the day to day life and the human society. My goal in this essay is to think outside the box and describe the observations I made inside the museum and explain how they relate to my everyday life, the wider world, or the human society.
Amongst my visit, I was a little confused on what I was doing, but I decided to get out of the car and proceed walking to the building. When I entered the building there was a tall guy who greeted me, he wore an outfit similar to a boys scout leader. He then asked me if it was my first time attending and I said yes. There was a couple coming through the door, so he greeted them both and then told us a little about the exhibit. He then instructed us on how to see all of the exhibit and gave us a map/brochure. I then walked away and started to look around on my own. At first what caught my attention is the models and some of the things written on the walls. I then noticed that even though I was reading it, I was not retaining the information, so then I started to
On Saturday September 3rd, between 6:30 and 7 I went to the Arlington Parks Mall to observe the movement of others. In that short period of time I observed at least a hundred people, some I analyzed closer than others. Despite the fact that I am a creature that produces movement as well, and am someone who is not new to seeing others in action, there were some new revelations that were made apparent to me about movement outside of the expectations I already had. (3) First and foremost, people’s movements, like the finger prints that we are born with are unique to each individual; movement is a rainbow of flavors, no person moves exactly like the next. When I was observing in the mall the first and most common movement I noticed was walking.
1) Discuss why people can respond differently to the same artwork. People can respond differently to artwork by making the art come alive by letting the art engage your attention, your imagination and your intelligence. With these three items mentioned can look at artwork differently, so if you look at a piece of art with the lack of attention and the next person gives the artwork their full attention that person could possibly view more in depth and see more detail than the person who pays less attention to the piece of art. 2) More than one theme might be applied to a work of art. Pick a work of art from Chapter 3 and describe how two different themes might be applied to it.
While some may view museums as homes of the dusty, decrypt, and decaying, I think back fondly to the memories I've made in them. When I was four and living in a small apartment in Shaker Heights, Ohio, my father would take me to the Cleveland Museum of Rock and Roll on the weekends when he wasn’t busy working on his MBA at Case Western Reserve University. Every time we visited, I would tell my father that I would grow up to be just like Elvis, to which he would laugh and scoff affectionately. When we moved to Glen Allen, Virginia when I was six, we would occasionally drive up to Washington, D.C. to the Smithsonian Museums. On some Saturdays, we would walk for hours through the halls of art I didn't understand (and still don’t really understand) at the Museum of American Art. On other Saturdays, we would go to the Library of Congress, where I would press my forehead against the glass of the observation deck—much to the dismay of security guards. But perhaps the most significant "museum" I've been in is just a short three-minute drive or seven-minute walk from my suburban home: the Twin Hickory Public Library.
When people think about a museum most of them think about walking around starring at paintings they don’t understand and reading the little cards with their description. After a while they get tired of walking around long hallways and finally decide to leave. On the other hand, the Gallery One at the Cleveland Museum of Arts is more than just a museum, it’s a fun and innovative environment that how Alexander explained, “… the intention of Gallery One was to transform visitors into participants, rather than passive observers.” (2014). When people get their hands on the action they are most likely to have fun, learn, and build experience.
As I walked up to The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) for the first time, I was overwhelmed with amount of visitors that occupied the steps to the entrance and wondered if this visit was the best choice. I opened the front doors to the museum and stepped inside; my immediate impression of the place reminded me of my first experience at Grand Central Station. Initially, I was overwhelmed and distracted by the hustle and loud noise around me, yet at the same time, I found myself mesmerized by the architectural beauty and layout of the place.
The importance of the breaching experiment is for the student to better understand how norms shape our lives and when they are broken, how they become the center of attention and deemed deviant among the viewers. Norms are things that are acceptable in a particular society, therefore when one acts out of a particular norm, they may receive strange looks, harsh words or even worse, depending on the action. However those who are diavent still have some awareness for what is generally acceptable, by watching the masses live their lives. Those who are deviant often do things for attention, because doing such is the easiest way to stand out amongst the crowd. Some deviances are positive, but mostly negative and the breaching experiments allows the student to first hand experience the reactions of people in how they deal with someone who has interacted with them diviantly.
According to the American Alliance of Museums, community engagement in museums includes the use of this facility as “a center where people gather to meet and converse and an active, visible player in civic life, a safe haven, and a trusted incubator of change” (Long 141). Different museums