Margaux Portron, Research and Communications Associate, Artraker.
This wednesday I attended a talk on “Mapping the Museum Territory”.
One of the presentations was by a researcher in museum interpretation, Melissa Forstrom. She explained how gallery maps are constructed narratives. She focused on highlighting, through maps from the Met and the British Museum, what was shown, who the “imagined visitor” was, and what was silenced. She argued, for instance, that the choice by the Met to put the names of the donors on the map but the names of the rooms in the legend was a political one.