This information is designed to help Otis faculty members prepare their students for visits to the Ben Maltz Gallery. The reference material for each exhibition may vary but included are artists’ biographies and reviews of previous work; essay(s) by the curator(s); didactic material; checklist; and other background information that might be useful in the classroom. To schedule a tour of the exhibition for your group or class, you can do so online using the Tour Scheduling Form.
Guide for Current Exhibition
Food - Water - Life / Lucy + Jorge Orta | August 16 - December 6, 2014
Recent Curricular Guides
See menu at left for all past guides
Freeway Studies #2: This Side of the 405
April 13 – June 1, 2013
Binding Desire: Unfolding Artists Books
January 25 - March 30, 2014
Prior to coming to the gallery, review the materials and the information available on the Maltz Gallery’s exhibition page: images, press release, and often a short documentary style video tour.
If attending a scheduled tour with the curator or gallery staff member, take a stroll around the gallery for a first look to gather your impressions before the guided experience.
Ask students to prepare a question for the curator or tour guide prior to coming to the gallery to help create conversation, and to promote discussions.The gallery is for conversation not silence.
Please have students leave their bags in the gallery office while on the tour, and remind them that there is no food or drink allowed in the gallery.
A collection of helpful ideas for instructors who are designing gallery and exhibition related projects.
Sample Assignment 1
Tips for visiting an art gallery or museum on your own
Do research. See what information is available about the institution or specific exhibition prior to your visit.
Time it right. Check the gallery or museum hours before venturing out, and see if there are any public programs you might want to attend.
Keep an open mind. When you enter the gallery, take a look around the room at the work on your own first, before reading any of the didactic materials. Note your first impressions and then as you learn more about what you are looking at, reflect on how your impressions might change with more information. It’s important to understand the “who, what, where, why and how” of an artist’s intent and the context within which they are making work, but also important to allow for your own response to the work itself.
Ask questions. If you don’t understand what you are looking at or want more information, don’t hesitate to ask the people working at the gallery.
Stay in touch. If you like what you see at a gallery, sign up to be on the mailing list and go back again and again to learn more about their programming. Each venue has a different mission or focus.