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The News* 03.17.10

17 Mar 2010

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

Those of you paying attention to such things might have noticed that it has been two weeks and one day since my last “news” posts. I’ll now attempt to make up for that….

What’s the Smithsonian up to?
+ The Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History today opened the 15,000 square-foot-David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins. It looks very nice. Lots of skulls.
+ March is “Women in History Month.” To celebrate, the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum has a four-part online exhibition Women on Stamps alongside other online exhibitions of women’s contributions to postal history.
+ A behind-the-scenes video of setting up First Ladies at the Smithsonian, at the NMAH.

Speaking of behind-the-scenes
+ The MoMA’s changing wall colors, from their blog. No detail is too small.—The blog post appears to have been removed. Sorry. :(

Being green
+ An interactive matrix of green design strategies /via Sustainable Exhibition Design
+ Congratulations to Bisphenol A (BPA)—found in my friend vinyl—for its win at the Toxies in the category “Worst Breakthrough Performance and Viewer’s Choice Award for Worst Chemical of 2009.”
(“Why I hate vinyl, part II” or environmental and health reasons to not use vinyl in exhibits, is in the works.)

Inspiration: Webertainment
+ Kinetic sculptures are awesome. Check out “Magic Wave” by Reuben Margolin. In a past News post I talked about the BMW Museum; here is its kinetic sculpture.
+ You’ll lose yourself in this interior design portfolio website. So cool. /via Design Observer

Inspiration: Fun environments
+ “Moomin Valley,” designed for a family entertainment center, is adorable and clever.
+ I like these huge (giant!) Giants of Rugby environmental graphics

Inspiration: Exhibits to see
+ I love, love, love, Tara Donovan. If you’re anywhere near Indianapolis between April 4 and August 1, you need to see her show at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
+ Tomás Saraceno collaborated with astrophysicists, architects, engineers and arachnologists (spider researchers, naturally) for this gorgeous art installation based on “the imagery and structure of spider webs to map the origin and structure of the universe.” And it’s interactive. Get out.
+ Beautiful: Bruno Maag’s typographic exhibition Shape My Language in which “long streams of clear plastic cards hang from the ceiling, engulfing the gallery visitors in a typographic mist.”

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