I mentioned the new building of the Oakland Museum of California late last month. As a follow to the earlier International Museum Day post it seems appropriate to also mention Carol Kino’s fine article on the institution from NYT’s May 11, 2010 issue.
Kino outlines the longstanding tradition of public involvement at the museum (which opened in 1969) and discusses how new displays are working to further its mission and reach. The redesign, and new building, have provided a launch pad for new ways to imagine engagement with history. They are, in some respects, on the cusp. An impressive push to fulfill the needs of constituents and to experiment with the potential of museums as agents of social change.
Read the full article here.