Exhibition Design: Designing a Visual Experience

Fall 2016
Nov 5-6
Cantor Arts Center

Creating museum exhibitions involves much more than presenting a group/collection of individual objects that are pleasing to the eye.  Exhibitions are visual and material means to convey intellectual concepts that are organized in a thematic way.  Through juxtapositions of specific objects, curators create narratives that together present the overarching idea(s) of the exhibition.   Wall texts and object labels help the visitor grasp the essence of each narrative theme and sub-theme.  Physical elements of exhibition design including walls, cases, paint color, and light, enable a curator to spatially organize the thematic sections of an exhibition and create an environment that enhances the visual experience of the museum visitor.

Taking as a case study the Cantor Arts Center exhibition “Creativity on the Line: Design for the Corporate World, 1950-1975,” which will open in Spring 2017, this class will analyze the concept of the exhibition, explore a range of possible exhibition designs, and develop a preliminary plan for the installation.  The principal aim of the course is to examine the roles that two- and three-dimensional design can play in communicating visual ideas through objects displayed in the spatial setting of a museum exhibition.  The Cantor Arts Center may select a design developed for this class as basis for its presentation of “Creativity on the Line.”

Accepting 15 students. Open to Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Fellows and Post-docs.
Apply by September 9

Teaching Team
David Kelley, Donald W. Whittier Professor in Mechanical Engineering, d.school
Connie Wolf, John and Jill Freidenrich Director, Cantor Arts Center
Wim de Wit, Adjunct Curator of Architecture and Design, Cantor Arts Center
Brian Weinstein, Preparator, Cantor Arts Center