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The News* 01.26.10

26 Jan 2010

*According to The Exhibit Designer
A compilation of exhibit design-related web finds


I’m paying attention to:
+ the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s announcement that they’ve broken ground on a new 70,000 square foot wing designed by Renzo Piano. I think the expanded space is much needed and it should be beautiful. But what about that whole “the museum has to stay As-Is for perpetuity” thing? Oh, whatever. I can’t wait for 2012. Further reading: the write-ups from the New York Times and the Boston Globe. (Some of those comments—really, people are so silly.)

Thoughts on exhibits:
+ A blog post from the Walker Art Center, Why do we go to museums? Includes a list of visitors’ motivational identities and characterizations according to Dr. John H. Falk, author and researcher of museum visitor studies.
+ Paola Antonelli, Architecture and Design Curator for the MoMA, talks to Johnny Holland Magazine about “her process for creating an exhibition, the future of design, and how we make people and objects more elastic.”

Some Tough Love:
+ No, everything is not going to be okay
+ Why no place at the table

Hello:
+ Gravity is a Force to be Reckoned With at Mass MoCA opened in December.

Goodbye:
+ Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future at the Museum of the City of New York ends 31 January.
+ Read My Pins: The Madeline Albright Collection at the Museum of Arts and Design in NY also ends 31 January.
(Obviously, those are not extensive listings, they’re just the ones that have caught my attention.)

Neat and interesting:
+ An interactive map of all the public art and notable architecture on the MIT campus
+ Trade Show History, a photo archive
+ If your interest in New England textiles was piqued by my post about the American Textile History Museum, here is a short essay from Looking Backward: A Chronicle of Boston History called Why Chicago Made Doors and Boston Made Textiles

Inspiration:
+ Boarded up Buckydome along with Buckminster Fuller’s lecture notes
+ More beautiful art that should be in the natural history museum of my dreams, by Naoko Ito.

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