McNay Art Museum

Visitor Voices

The McNay Art Museum created a presentation about Picasso’s Portrait of Sylvette along with a link for visitors to tag the work in order to build a folksonomy of visitor voices. In the interactive multimedia piece, viewers can connect with Picasso in a way rarely seen before: from the perspective of one of his models. Additionally, using the Steve tagging software, these viewers may also articulate associated words and phrases with which to label the artwork. Staff at the McNay hope to use the comments to assess what visitors find significant and understand how viewers of art construct meaning from what they see. This information will then be used to help bridge the semantic gap between art historical language and visitor voices. If this initial phase is successful, presentations on other works in the McNay collection will provide more opportunities for tagging, posting classroom ideas, and generating interpretive media.

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