Planning & Mounting Library Exhibits Lourdes Santamara-Wheeler Jessica Belcoure
Traditionally libraries exist to collect objects of informational importance, [while] the museum is called upon to show objects of significant cultural value. Glenn Willumson Making Meaning: Displaced Materiality in the Library and Art Museum
Resources available Exhibits website http://exhibits.uflib.ufl.edu Policy http://exhibits.uflib.ufl.edu/docs/ExhibitsPolicy.pdf Resources for curators http://exhibits.uflib.ufl.edu/resources.html Timeline http ://exhibits.uflib.ufl.edu/docs/timeline.pdf Exhibit Proposal form http ://exhibits.uflib.ufl.edu/docs/ExhibitProposal.pdf Tips for labels http ://exhibits.uflib.ufl.edu/docs/labels.pdf Template for ID labels http://exhibits.uflib.ufl.edu/docs/IDlabels.pdf Outgoing loan form http://exhibits.uflib.ufl.edu/docs/OUTGOING_LOAN_AGREEMENT.pdf
Policy http://exhibits.uflib.ufl.edu/docs/ExhibitsPolicy.pdf Goal of exhibition program is to highlight the collections Use originals whenever possible from Smathers Libraries collections, borrow as appropriate to support/augment Loans should not be the central feature, unless it is a traveling exhibit Co curating and collaboration within the Libraries various collections and with campus departments, the community, and other institutions is encouraged Implemented 2012 Smathers Libraries Exhibits Policy
Smathers Libraries Exhibits Policy Policy http://exhibits.uflib.ufl.edu/docs/ExhibitsPolicy.pdf The Libraries do not develop or host exhibits with the sole purpose of promoting agendas of organizations outside the Libraries, or to advocate for specific political, philosophical, or religious viewpoints. Do not display unsolicited exhibits Physical exhibitions created by the Libraries shall have complementary online component(s) as appropriate. All online material created for, or in conjunction with exhibitions shall be archived and publicly available in UFDC Implemented 2012
An exhibit is a story with interpretation, context, and scholarly content What story do you want to tell ? What is an Exhibit?
What is an Exhibit? Exhibits are not objective doesnt matter how hard you try Exhibits are experiences. What visitors do & feel is as important as what they learn.
What is a Display? Lacks interpretation and substance Highlights items without explanations or context Is just pretty to look at Displays can be appropriate for some locations/content
Indicators of exhibit excellence from NAME National Association for Museum Exhibition An aspect of the exhibition is innovative Offers a new perspective, new insight, or new information on a topic Synthesizes and presents existing knowledge and/or collection materials in a provocative way Includes innovative uses of media, materials, and other design elements Is particularly beautiful, exceptionally capable of engendering a personal, emotional response, and/or profoundly memorable in a constructive way Evokes responses from viewers that are evidence of a transforming experience. It was haunting. The exhibition was an absolute eye -opener. I'll never see [that] in the same way again. I was filled with excitement. It knocked my socks off. It sent shivers down my spine. I finally got it! What makes a good exhibit?
What makes a good exhibit? Everyone leaving the exhibit should be able to easily explain what it was about Make the subject come to life Are conceptually simple Emphasize the connection among things for the story to make sense
Dont expect visitors to spend more than 10 -20 minutes in exhibit
Timing and Scheduling 12-24 months minimum for gallery spaces Custom timelines for larger exhibits Think beyond commemorative months, milestone anniversaries
Exhibit Ideas/Themes Start with the collection, then develop idea otherwise collection may not support idea Concrete ideas not requiring a lot of background information, too much explanation Exhibit proposals
Audience Know your audience Who are they? What are they like? Why are they coming? What do you want them to do? Unintended audiences
Labels Introductory (Curator Statement) introduces the big idea sets up the organization and tone of the exhibit 50 200 words ID (tombstone) not interpretive
Labels Caption are not just a visual description of an item interpret individual items sometimes the only ones visitors read 20 100 words, approximately 50 is ideal Group are general explain/interpret a grouping of items introduce subthemes 20 150 words
Interpretive Labels Conversational less lecture tone Narrative beginning, middle & end Just enough details to tell the story Avoid tech, specialized terms, or anything that requires lengthy explanation Not for your academic peers Understandable without dumbing down
Online Exhibits Same principles as physical Possibility to show/link to additional content Can provide too much information, lose the viewer Broader audience Even less time expected from viewer
Pre and Post Assessment Can be formal or informal No formal procedures in place yet Have colleague or friend neither who are familiar with subject read labels, give feedback in general Assessment
Thank You Questions? Lourdes Santamara Wheeler email@example.com Jessica Belcoure firstname.lastname@example.org http://ufdc.ufl.edu/AA00014162