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Webinar: International Perspectives on Museum Interpretation
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This webinar will examine the role of interpretive planning as it relates to international curatorial practice and broader museum initiatives to enhance the visitor experience.

When: Tuesday, July 21, 2020
9:00am - 10:15am ET
Where: Zoom Webinar
United States
Contact: Monica Valenzuela

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International Perspectives on Museum Interpretation

Live Webinar


Tuesday, July 21, 2020

9am - 10:15am ET


Moving beyond traditional gallery texts, this webinar addresses new interpretive methods with close attention to the roles that language and technology play. Speakers from institutions in Asia, Europe and the US will outline the multi-sensory strategies their own exhibition teams have used to enhance installations, activate works of art, and facilitate deeper connections for visitors. The panel will also explore the broader challenges and opportunities inherent in interpreting for diverse, international audiences.


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Jeanne Goswami, Independent Interpretation Consultant

Jeanne Normand Goswami is an independent consultant based in Salem, Massachusetts. She has held interpretation, editorial, and curatorial positions at the Peabody Essex Museum, New Museum, and Harvard Art Museums. Jeanne currently serves on the Communications Committee of the Association for Art Museum Interpretation.

Jovanna Scorsone, Education and Public Engagement Manager, Aga Khan Museum

Jovanna Scorsone is the Education and Public Engagement Manager at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto and is responsible for the delivery of dynamic, community-building programs for diverse audiences. She is a committed advocate for the creation of meaningful, accessible, and inclusive learning experiences, helping people to understand the world and each other. She holds a Masters in Museum Studies from University College London, and a Masters in Egyptology from the University of Toronto. Her work in museum learning and interpretation has spanned museums in Canada, Syria, Korea, and the UK.


Cherry Thian, Senior Manager, Audience Department, Asian Civilisations Museum

For the past 10 years, Cherry’s passion has been using design to create meaningful experiences for museum visitors of different ages and abilities. She was recently appointed to head an access team that focuses on normalizing disabilities through programs, capability development, research, and innovation. She has conceptualized multiple interactive media projects since 2010, including a location-based gaming AR app in 2011, interactive projection, content delivery system, and most recently, assistive technology. 


Katy Wan, Assistant Curator, Tate Modern; Moderator

Katy has been Assistant Curator at Tate Modern since 2015 where she contributes towards the research and realization of major exhibitions, acquisitions and displays. She has co-organized international touring shows of work by Mona Hatoum, Wifredo Lam, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, and Natalia Goncharova, as well as the 2018 display 'Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 1919—33’. She is currently co-curating with Andrea Lissoni and Nicholas Serota a major Bruce Nauman survey exhibition. Beyond Tate, she is currently undertaking research into Alexey Brodovitch, who for a quarter of a century was art director of US Harper’s Bazaar.



Webinar Co-organizers:

Karina Corrigan, H.A. Crosby Forbes Curator of Asian Export Art, Peabody Essex Museum

April Watson, Curator, Photography, The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art

Clement Onn, Senior Curator, Asian Export Art Asian Civilizations Museum

This webinar is part of our Engagement Program for International Curators, which is made possible through a grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art. The Terra Foundation for American Art is dedicated to fostering exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts of the United States for national and international audiences. Recognizing the importance of experiencing original works of art, the foundation provides opportunities for interaction and study, beginning with the presentation and growth of its own art collection in Chicago. To further cross-cultural dialogue on American art, the foundation supports and collaborates on innovative exhibitions, research, and educational programs. Implicit in such activities is the belief that art has the potential to both distinguish cultures and to unite them. 


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