13 February 2015
Dr Frances Fowle, University of Edinburgh
Words on the Edges of Paintings: On Writing Exhibition Labels
Exhibition labels can enhance or deter communication between the work of art and the visitor. They have the power to enchant or repel. This talk by Frances Fowle, Senior Curator at the Scottish National Gallery, examines the role of the exhibition label and other forms of written interpretation, taking into consideration aesthetic and more practical concerns, as well as topical issues such as ‘dumbing down’ and layering of information. In this technological era, are there more desirable alternatives to the word on the wall?