"When critics coo over museums as aesthetic temples, I get nervous. These same folks prefer their…"

“When critics coo over museums as aesthetic temples, I get nervous. These same folks prefer their galleries sparsely used and quiet. They are nostalgic for a type of museum experience that is frankly both endangered and dangerous to the long-term future of museums. They remind me of Catholics who miss the old days when everything was in Latin and ignore the fact that the antiquated rituals they long for also led to serious erosion of use and value of the churches themselves. This nostalgia threatens museums’ abilities to engage younger, more diverse audiences. I understand why connoisseurs of classical museum experiences can feel threatened—but that doesn’t mean they get to arbitrate what makes a quality museum experience in an age when museums have gotten serious about universal access, inclusion, and diverse learning styles.”

Museum 2.0