Raymond Keen 
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Re: “Cyclorama's future revisited

The problem is the way the Cyclorama is now being presented to visitors. Visitors see one single rotation of the circular painting from rotating theater seats, and are in and out in 30 minutes. The script spoken by the presenter is about two pages of text. The presenters come off as Disney World type entertainers, not history specialists. The Cyclorama needs to recruit subject matter experts who can engage an audience with their knowledge of the scale, importance, and drama of the information portrayed in the painting. There are plenty such individuals in Atlanta. Engagement of the history aware community in Atlanta is precisely what the Cyclorama needs, and what they seem to reject--e.g. closing of the Cyclorama bookstore. They need to allow visitors to linger and contemplate the painting, not shuffle small groups in and out in short intervals. I would like to walk around the painting fully lit (the current method is to spotlight parts of the painting) and listen and discuss the painting with an informed historian, not sit in the dark and watch a short, dumbed-down show, as it is now done.

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Posted by Raymond Keen on 06/17/2014 at 8:56 AM

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