The Nasher Museum is on the campus of Duke. I hadn’t been to it before, and today was"Family Day". I took my 8yr old and 6 yr. old
They had a children’s theatre group performing and a crafts activity set up, and a really really cool structure/sculpture outside woven of sticks by Patrick Dougherty.
They had a “gallery search” that turned out to be a little to challenging for us, but obviously they were trying to direct your attention to artwork that kids would be engaged by.
But there were other artworks that I wished they hadn’t got a look at, including a very large painting of one main sticking a pistol into another man’s face and some photos of china figurines that would fall into a category I would call “racist antiques” Now, as it happened, as far as I can tell I was the only one of our party who gave these pieces particular notice, but it did give me pause about bringing them to other art museums without a little guidance. (I should say this is not the first art museum we’ve been to)
Do museums ever make little guides to hand out at the desk to steer you away from certain pieces if you’re visiting with kids? Would such a thing be completely antithetical to the whole ethos of art museums?
What say you dopers?