My turn to answer.
1. What is your favourite museum (musea)? Tell us more about that.
How does one describe her work place? That is the question.
The following are ten of my favourite, for work and play
1. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
2. Tate Gallery / Tate Modern, London
3. Art Institute of Chicago
4. Courtault Insitute, London
5. Galeria degli Uffizi, Florence
6. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
7. The Louvre, Paris
8. Fogg Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
9. Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut
10. Isabella Gardner Museum, Boston
2. What is your favourite area of a museum?
I will always be drawn to the drawings, prints & books department of any museum; other than that, I will have to say the rest rooms. Don't underestimate this feature. Statistics have shown that many visitors frequent a museum not for the art but for the rest stop. In New York City, the Metropolitan Museum has the most conveniently located restrooms and the Guggenheim has the most elegant -- where there is one private bathroom on each floor -- well, I guess one needs some elegance after climbing the sprial walkways to heaven ... The newly renovated Museum of Modern Art has not delivered much improvements except that the toilet doors in the women's restrooms are now seamless thus peek-proof. Indeed, a great improvement! But is it worth the $20. admission fee?
3. If you could re-organize the layout of a museum (e.g. the hanging and installation of art work, locations of galleries, restaurants, shops...), what will your new arrangement(s) be?
I have always wanted to mount art objects differently. Take, for instance, ancient objects. Given adequate temperature control and protection, why can't we view a Sumerian figurine the same way we view a sculpture by Picasso or Kiki Smith or Jeff Koons? A large number of musea follows an invisible formula for art display which in turns defines an invisible rule book for art investment values. Perhaps it is to our advantage to break that rule.
4. For those who dislike musea, tell us why.
I like musea but will try to answer this question anyway: I think there is an invisible barrier drawn -- by all art institutions -- to discourage visitors from the lower middle class. And that is sad.
5. Post your favourite art work in a public collection.
One of my favourites: Jean Francois Millet's Gleaners.
Jean-Francois Millet (French, 1814-1875), Les glaneuses, 1857, oil on canvas; 33 x 44 in.