Beyond the constructivist museum: Guided interaction through an exhibition interface

Pat Villeneuve, Mary Erickson

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In a recent exhibition, the curatorial team used a visitor-exhibition interface to guide interaction, providing viewers the information and support necessary to engage with the artworks and generate personally relevant meanings. An earlier exhibition project on Chican@ art informed our work. At that time, we included visual referents in the form of labeled thumbnail images to enable visitors to identify traditional Mexican, mainstream U.S., and Chican@ imagery that Mexican American artists used to express their identities. In this paper, we introduce guided interaction as a step beyond the constructivist museum and detail how we use la lotería, a popular Mexican game similar to bingo, to encourage visitors to explore themes and visual traditions in an exhibition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-64
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of the Inclusive Museum
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2012


  • Chican@ Art
  • Guided interaction
  • Identity
  • The constructivist museum
  • Visitor-exhibition interface

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Conservation
  • Museology


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