MTV Generation At The Museum 2007
It is not uncommon for museum patrons to observe, rather than engage with interactive exhibitions. Tentative engagement may be due to the embarrassment of being on display however, it is also difficult to navigate interactivity in a space predominated by distancing structures where the overarching theme is look but do not touch, observe but do not engage. Engagement leads inevitably to destruction.
The song, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, was selected from a short list of options available to patrons of The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI. In the context of the museum, fun has historically coincided with the spectacle of the inauthentic. There has been an attempt to ameliorate this discrepancy in recent decades, it is however, still problematic.
Song choice and the gender of the artist may call into question issues of institutionalized history and the female gaze. This is in certain contexts unavoidable.