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Exhibitionist Fall 2013

Volume 32, No. 2, Fall 2013

A visitor interacts with the Collection Wall in Gallery One at the Cleveland Museum of Art.


Exhibitionist features thought-provoking articles on exhibition theory and practice, exhibition critiques and commentary, book reviews, technical articles, and other essays of interest to the profession. The journal is published by NAME in the Spring and Fall of each year.

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Fall 2013, "New Media: Transforming Museums, Exhibitions, and Visitors"

Recent and developing modes of communication, software and hardware–all becoming more mobile, more personal and global, more customized and in the cloud, more compact and more widespread. This is what we mean by "New Media." It is a constantly moving target and in this issue of the Journal Exhibitionist, we aim for it, with a wide-ranging look at what's happening now with exhibitions and technology.

We are offering three essays for preview. Download and read: Catching Our Breath: Assessing Digital Technologies for Meaningful Engagement, by Stacey Mann, Jennifer Moses and Matthew Fisher. 21-Tech: Engaging Visitors Using Open Source Apps, by Cecilia Garibay and Cheryl McCallum. Creating Apps for In-Gallery Interpretation, by Hélène Alonso and Jeff Hayward.

Spring 2013, "Meaning-Making Revisited"

Returning to a theme we first presented in the popular Fall 1999 issue, Making Meaning in Exhibits, this issue of Exhibitionist takes a new look at the concept that has now thoroughly permeated museum thinking, discourse, and research. Two dozen authors address a variety of exhibition forms in science, history and art museums, and beyond, and the ways in which meaning is made, conveyed and interpreted.

We're previewing two essays on the website. Download Meaning Making in Nine Acts, by Peter Samis and Mimi Michaelson, and Commentary: Reflections on the Adolescence of Meaning-Making, by Lois H. Silverman.

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