Right now at the New Museum is an exhibit of a gallery covered with graffiti everywhere (the wall, floor and even some 3d objects) and sets of paint and oil pastels available for visitors who wish to add more graffiti and paintings in the room. There were also some smocks available for visitors who didn’t want to get paint on their clothes.
One thing I have been seeing a lot of in museums lately are pieces that visitors are allowed to have physical contact with or pieces that visitors can add to. About a year or two ago I was at the Guggenheim Museum and I saw a chalkboard with chalk available for visitors to come draw on and go crazy with. I think it’s all a great idea but I think museums should do a better job informing visitors that it’s ok for them to do just that. People are so use to going into museums trying to be respectful of the art and not causing problems with the guards. Museums should make signs with big writing informing visitors that something is ok which normally is not ok so visitors don’t have to worry whether they are doing something wrong or not.
Artists might as well make a piece that gives visitors the opportunity to do damage to it. A piece where visitors can spit on it. Like have a car covered with graffiti all over it and letting visitors pay a fee to smash it once with a baseball bat ($1,000 per hit). Better yet, museums should do a lottery giving someone the opportunity to pay a fee for throwing a pie at a Rembrandt painting.
During my time there I got to paint on the wall. What was originally a random mark turned into an abstract doodle. I think doodling is important for all artists. Not only does it help maintain your talent but also it gives you ideas for new pieces. I now have an idea for a future piece thanks to that doodle. You can listen to some music and doodle to the beat of the song.