Saturday, September 29, 2007

Early Childhood Exhibit: Little Sky Country

You may have read my earlier report about "Little Sky Country" an Early Childhood Gallery in the soon-to-be-open museum called "ExplorationWorks" in the "Big Sky Country" of Helena, Montana.

Well, now the gallery has been installed, as you can see on this Flickr page

The gallery was a collaboration with DCM Fabrication (of Brooklyn, NY) and the staff and volunteers of ExplorationWorks.

One unique thing about ExWorks is that their LEED-certified building was also a "community build" project. (Sort of like a modern barn raising!) In keeping with the eco-friendly theme, we were also able to make use of great "green" materials throughout.

So, if you're ever in "Big Sky Country" make sure to save time for some "Little Sky" too!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Exhibition Design: Why Your Project Costs Too Much

I've just gotten the details on another RFP that I've been short-listed on. Whoopee!

Unfortunately, my enthusiasm has waned now that the actual exhibition scopes and budgets have been released.

I'm all for inexpensive exhibits and production budgets that are frugal, yet allow for creativity. (There's a reason I edited The Cheapbooks for ASTC!)

That being said, it is clear from following the time and money trails backward, that a large part of the client's funding that could have gone into "hard goods" (that is to say ACTUAL EXHIBITS) instead were frittered away on fancy master plans and consultants.

Let me pause the blog to state "THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES!"

Clearly, every exhibition project needs money and often fundraisers and consultants to help raise that money. But you have to wonder when the majority of a project's funds go into overhead, consultants, fancy fundraising packets, etc. rather than the exhibits and programs for visitors.

If you want great exhibits, spend your time and money on the exhibits!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

William Gibson: EBay as Guest Curator?

William Gibson, the godfather of cyberspace has a cool interview in the Washington Post.

In it, Mr. Gibson contends that there is a great opportunity for people to become connoisseurs due to the inadvertent curatorial power of eBay: "Every hair is being numbered -- eBay has every grain of sand. EBay is serving this very, very powerful function which nobody ever intended for it. EBay in the hands of humanity is sorting every last Dick Tracy wrist radio cereal premium sticker that ever existed. It's like some sort of vast unconscious curatorial movement."

Maybe eBay is another way to deploy the power of "Web 2.0" into museums?

In any event, an interesting interview.