What’s Going On Behind the Design: Planning and more Planning

This week’s readings were on exhibit design as our class is getting closer and closer to setting up our own exhibit. But of course nothing is ever easy and much goes into the design that we look at in the museum. As Wiley writes in Creating Exhibitions, exhibits are “service to the visitors.” Labels may…

Walk, Read, Walk, Read: the art of the museum label

Reading labels in museums is what you do right? You go to read those long panels of words in funny lighting with weird fonts and sizes to understand what you’re seeing. Well that doesn’t happen much anymore expect in art museums, and even then you don’t actually read much. 3D objects, interactive stations and mini…

From Research to Exhibit

As the semester is getting close to its’ end, our little MOTM exhibit of Mardi Gras is now pulling all its research together. From there we will be making the exhibit, which is no easy task! Lubar mentions in his illustration of “The Making of “America on the Move” at the National Museum of American…

The Exhibit and its Collection (or lack thereof)

This week’s reading primarily came from the Manual of Museum Exhibitions, much of it had to do with the type of exhibit (permanent, temporary, traveling, loaning out, etc.) and the collections museums can use. I found these chapters to be very helpful, as they were able to give me guidelines and some answers I had…

More Things an Exhibit Can Do

This week’s readings focused on the process of building the exhibit and getting interaction from the audiences. The article by Bedford, “Storytelling: The Real Work of Museums,” discussed on the effect of a good storytelling within the museum. Bedford writes about how when a museum tells a story it must try on some level connect…

Really Behind the Scenes of Exhibits

This week’s readings focused on the different components for designing and creating a museum exhibit. What I read concerning the pre-making of exhibits, stuck more with me than the other chapters I read on the actual making of exhibits. I know I’ll probably go back to those chapters when the time comes for us to…

Museums and Media with a side of Oral Histories

This week’s readings were divided with oral history and digitization in museums. Adding in digital aspects to museums and museum experiences is a main topic that was discussed in a class I had last semester frequently. The readings on this subject were articles that showed findings of pervious case studies. The articles repeated, in my…

Do You Have What Takes to Care for a Museum?

This week’s reading was a chapter from the book Museum Administration: An Introduction by Genowsys and Ireland. The chapter I had to read was on Collection Management Policies, which discussed eight issues. Having worked and interned in two museums I found some of these polices very familiar and brought back many memories of how some of…

Underneath Mardi Gras

I read three assigned articles on the topic of Mardi Gras—or specifically the inter-workings of the celebration. Many associate this celebration with Louisiana and South America as a festival to usher in Lent. While that may seem straight forward there are complexities to the celebration, especially depending on the ethnic group that is hosting it….

Reflective Essay

This semester I had to do an online project, either making an online archive or exhibit, using UL of Lafayette’s special collections. Then I had present to not just my class but the rest of the online world. Needless to say, I was scared and seriously doubted I’d do anything right at all or even…

Roman in Hechingen-Stein

To start, for my virtual tour of a museum review, I had some troubles. Quite a few online tours are supported by Adobe Flash player. I have never had a good experience with Adobe—something always happens and I mess it up or get a virus or the computer freezes. In short it became a bit…

The Oldest in Lafayette

The Alexandre Mouton House or The Lafayette Museum, is a three story historic house that is preserved by the work of the Les Vingt Quatre ladies group. The house was originally built in 1800 as a “maison dimanche,” a Sunday House for the family of Jean Mouton. This way the family could come and stay…