The Touchy Subject

6:50 | Published on April 28, 2014 | 533 Views

In the winter of 2013, Guggenheim visitors participated in an unusual program called “The Touchy Subject,” developed by artist Carmen Papalia and guided by museum educators. During short one-on-one tours, visitors were asked to close their eyes, and then were led by educators through the Guggenheim’s Frank Lloyd Wright building, exploring the architecture through touch, tuning their ears to sounds, feeling in their bodies the ground, space, and air. Without the use of sight, these ordinary experiences became extraordinary revelations, and the visitor-centered approach to touring at the Guggenheim took on dimensions that educators had never before imagined.

To learn more about the development of this program, read Georgia Krantz’s blog post “How Do You See a Museum with Your Eyes Closed?