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High Museum’s Audio Guides Tell The Story Of Art In Sound

The ''Prince's Dress Carriage,'' made in the 18th century, is on display at the High Museum as part of the exhibit ''Habsburg Splendor.''
The ''Prince's Dress Carriage,'' made in the 18th century, is on display at the High Museum as part of the exhibit ''Habsburg Splendor.''
Credit Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria

Radio producers often try to paint a picture — so to speak — with sound in order to put the listener in the story. Atlanta’s High Museum does the same thing with their major exhibits.

In this audio story, producer Myke Johns explores a new exhibit. But instead of focusing on the artwork, he takes a look at one of the hidden processes behind-the-scenes: the making of the audio guide.

Johns speaks with Head of Museum Interpretation Julia Forbes and with Consulting Curator Gary Radke about the work which went into creating the guide for their current exhibit “Habsburg Splendor.”

“You have an exhibition of almost a hundred objects,” Radke explains, “and then you have to decide two dozen that are going to tell the story.”

“Habsburg Splendor” is open at the High Museum now through January 17.

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