Exhibitions

By Karen J. Kroslowitz
I’ve been watching the phenomenon of spontaneous memorial building for decades. Ever since visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, I’ve been intrigued by local shrines for single accident victims to city block-long fences of posters, flowers, candles, religious tokens, keepsakes and more that follow larger-scale tragedies. I am intrigued by spontaneous...
Reflections on the Arrival, Preparation and Display of Space Shuttle Endeavour
By Kenneth E. Phillips, PhD
A Spaceship for all of us
With its arrival at Los Angeles International Airport on September 21, 2012 the Space Shuttle Endeavour began its longest and perhaps most socially important mission ever—inspiring millions of young people to be the very best in whatever they choose to do.
The...
The July 15th deadline is rapidly approaching!
The Western Museums Association (WMA) is pleased to consider applications for the 2013 Charles Redd Annual Award honoring excellence for an exhibition that furthers the study and understanding of the American West. The award is funded by the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University.
The competition recognizes outstanding...

Every workday, Maureen Bourbin, Director of Collections and Exhibits, steps all over her museum's most important artifact. Her office is on the second deck of the USS Hornet, in what used to be the ship's TV station room. As one of only five aircraft carrier museums in the country, this museum is its own biggest and most important object.
The entire collection is housed on the ship as well....
By Renee Montgomery
On May 25, 2013 the three-story façade of the Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM), will be covered by a colossal handmade quilt comprised of thousands of “granny squares” – each individually crocheted by amateur crafters from around the world. A public art installation conceived by the group Yarn Bombing Los Angeles (YBLA) working with the CAFAM, this huge project was conceived...
By Renee Montgomery
Big government is usually equated with bureaucracy, red tape and ineffective spending. But occasionally big government gets it right...very right. Case in point is the Heritage Music Education and Exhibition program at the William Grant Still Art Center, a bureau of the City of Los Angeles, located in the multi-cultural West Adams/Crenshaw district of Los Angeles. Currently...
By Susan Spero
As you enter the gallery spaces in the new Exploratorium building on Pier 15 in San Francisco, a sign with a revolving message bodes you to “get ready to wonder” and “rearrange your thinking.” Camera in tow, I went to see the new digs with my daughter, a former Explainer at the museum.
Was there wonder? Check. My daughter claims that the Exploratorium has never been about the...
By Renee Montgomery

Case in point: the Architecture + Design Museum, Los Angeles
Upcoming on the A + D Museum schedule is the exhibition Never Built: Los Angeles, an exploration of visionary architectural plans that could have reshaped Los Angeles’ (LA) landscape but were unfortunately never realized. Included will be plans, renderings and models for proposed LA civic centers, airport, parks,...

By: Jim Tharp and Jim Lindheim
Outside the Neon Museum in Las Vegas perches the gigantic Silver Slipper that once adorned the Silver Slipper Casino.  The story goes that Howard Hughes, having purchased the Desert Inn so that the owners wouldn’t throw him out, decided to also purchase the Silver Slipper Casino across the street so that he could remove the spinning silver slipper from his bedroom...
New Ideas in Green Exhibit Design
By Adam Mikos
Recently, I attended an exhibitSEED workshop, presented by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI).  Established as a green and sustainable exhibition development resource, this two-year project is rolling out workshops in several cities across the U.S., starting with Portland.
Initially, exhibitSEED and their Green Exhibit Checklist were a...

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