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How can we blend the visual arts with the performing arts in a museum? In other words, how can we "exhibit a performance"?

Architecture masters student here. I chose the arts to be the subject of my diploma project this year. You can read my previous conversation - which was really fruitful - if you want to be more involved with the topic. I want to conceive a museum of contemporary arts, Piece of arts related to photography, architecture, new media, industrial design, fashion, sculpture and other will be exhibited in the different galleries. Since the land is placed next to a beautiful church's piazza in a historical forgotten street that will soon be converted to an interactive public space, I thought that creating room for performing arts would be a great idea. The performance will not only take place in the street and the piazza but also on platforms in every level of the museum, some of which will be on the exterior facades and others will be built between the galleries. Contemporary dance, music, mime and statue are what I am talking about. I want them to be optional pieces of arts exhibited between the visual arts'.
How do you think this would work? Can anyone give me examples of projects like this?

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    Dec 5 2013: Also the Los Angeles County Museum of Art shows films, movies from all periods that have a reputation for being very artistically done. I have attended one of these, in quite a large auditorium.

    Near me we have the Gene Autry Museum. Gene Autry was a famous entertainer with a cowboy persona, so the Museum emphasizes the pioneers who came to the West and built it up. They also present plays at the Museum, I see them listed and read the descriptions, so far one has not interested me enough to go, but I think they must be successful because they keep doing them. The website is http://theautry.org/
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      Dec 5 2013: Is this the major contemporary art museum in Los Angeles: http://www.moca.org/ ?
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        Dec 5 2013: As an umbrella organization, I believe MOCA would be the most significant, although I am not a major art museum attender. Here is the Wikipedia entry on MOCA: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Museum_of_Contemporary_Art,_Los_Angeles If you notice, Moca has three physical museums, with a distance of 20 miles between the outlying two to the east and west. Although the one on Grand in central downtown L.A., is the biggest, having been to all three, my best experience was at the one in Little Tokyo, on the eastern edge of downtown L.A., now called the Geffen Contemporary after the great music impresario, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_geffen. I thought the amount of art displayed was well-proportioned, it did not feel as crammed as the one on Grand. And the rooms are interestingly proportioned, too, they're large and low-ceilinged, rather than being small and high-ceiling as in most museums I've attended. The one time I went, to see Warhol, we had a wonderful experience with a docent leading us around, so it's a good memory.

        What is your interest, are you planning on visiting L.A.?
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          Dec 5 2013: No, I was trying to direct George to good resources to inform his inquiry for his project.
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      Dec 7 2013: Thank you Greg! Your references were really helpful. I have already started the work. Wish me luck!
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        Dec 8 2013: Luck or skill? I have been noticing in the last few years in the United States architects have risen where they are now considered "cool," rather "hip," and "happening." I did not see that so much when I was younger. I wonder why things changed?
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    Dec 5 2013: Have you looked at journals related to museum practice? I think what you describe is really common in this century.

    Why don't you go to the websites for some big city contemporary art museums and see what they do in this respect? You might look at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the similar museum in Los Angeles.
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      Dec 5 2013: F, I wonder if any museums in Seattle have interesting focus, such as display on whaling when it was permitted?
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        Dec 5 2013: If I were looking for that in Seattle, I would try the Daybreak Star Center. But the most likely bet would be the National Museum of the American Indian on the Capitol Mall in Washington, DC. It is part of the Smithsonian Institution.

        I just did a search for "whaling museum" and discovered that New York is your best bet.
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          Dec 5 2013: wonder what our American Indians might share with ancient Lebanese?
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      Dec 7 2013: Thank you Fritzie. I checked the official websites for the museums. They were interesting examples.
      As I said to Greg, I have started to work on my presentation. Wish me luck guys!
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    Dec 15 2013: have a look at the Standard bank Arts festival in grahamstown SA.

    it runs about 2 weeks it has all art forms nationally and internationally