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Wednesday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 18 Aug 2010 7:51 AM

Today in the roundup: Observing museumgoers, progress on the Perot Museum and lesser-known playwrights in Plano.


WATCHING THE WATCHERS: If the next time you are at a museum, you feel like you’re being watched as you look over the art, you may be right. The Wall Street Journal reports that more and more museums are hiring researchers to observe visitors, charting which pieces of art they look at, how they read the exhibit notes, etc. The idea is that, armed with that information, curators can adjust certain elements to improve the visitor experience.

MOVIN’ ON UP: As you drive west on Woodall Rodgers, be sure to look out your window to the right – the new Perot Museum of Nature & Science is starting to come together. The building is designed by Pritzker Prize laureate Thom Mayne and has a due date of 2013. If you haven’t heard much about the design plans, brings you up to speed.

SHINING A LIGHT: Rover Dramawerks just-announced 2010-11 season includes works by Katherine Burger, Norman Krasna and Ray Besoyan. If those names don’t immediately ring a bell, that’s by design. One of the theater’s goals is to produce plays by under-represented writers. has the complete season lineup.