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Live Encounters

Title: Live Encounters: Performance in Museums.
Name(s): Hlubny, Lauren, author
School of Theatre
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2013
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: In recent decades, museum curators have shown a growing interest in live performance events that would alter the often austere and intimidating atmosphere of the exhibits. Major museums, including the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, have begun to incorporate regular performance programming, including live interactions between performers and audience members, ranging from reenactments to live human installations. This project had a research and a creative component. It addressed the question of performance in the museum, treating the museum venue as a site of societal ritual. I approached the subject with an interdisciplinary focus, employing practical and theoretical knowledge from the fields of theatre and anthropology. The first phase involved the completion of a hands-on internship at the Spanish-Apalachee Living History Museum Mission San Luis in Tallahassee, Florida, where performance is an accepted and necessary part of everyday museum operation. In the second phase of the project, I led a small ensemble of performers in creating and testing out various modes of performance for five different museums throughout the state of Florida, ranging from "invisible theatre" to personally driven monologue pieces within the framework of the museum as a ritual site. I gathered insightful information through participant observation and interviews and drew innovative conclusions.
Identifier: FSU_migr_undergradresearch-0013 (IID)
Subject(s): Anthropology
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence.

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Hlubny, L. (2013). Live Encounters: Performance in Museums. Retrieved from