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Stop and Look Stations in the PMA

By Vanessa Nesvig
Coordinator of Special Projects

You may have noticed that the Stop and Look Stations that the Education department designed have been added to the galleries. The stations are another way to enjoy the art in the Museum. With the idea that if most people only spend three seconds in front of a work of art, these tools will help you see things that you didn’t notice and make you look a little deeper at the works in front of you.

The stations have three sides and a top panel with gallery guides. The gallery guides tell you more about how that gallery was hung and what the curators had in mind when putting things together in that room.

One side has embedded iPod touches that give you short clips about the works on view. Patrons, educators, Docents, curators, and security guards have offered their ideas and describe what these works mean to them.

Another side of the station has four cards with details of specific works. These cards point out details to look for and facts that you may not know about certain art works.

The third side has a door. This door opens to reveal something inside and brings you closer to knowing the work in the gallery. This is where you can get right up close and see or touch what you wouldn’t be able to in the gallery. These activities will be added throughout the summer to each station. You will just have to come in and stop and look for yourself!

These stations are made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. Major corporate support has been provided by Unum. Additional support has been provided by the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust, the Wing-Benjamin Trust, and the Rosamond Thaxter Foundation.