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A New Name and a New Look for the Journal

Exhibition Journal Fall 2016

Volume 35, No. 2, Fall 2016: Coloring Outside the Lines: Exhibitions That Cross Boundaries



Beginning with the Spring 2016 issue, Exhibitionist gets a new name and a new look. Introducing: Exhibition.

Exhibition 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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Many past issues of Exhibitionist are available on our Exhibition Online page.  Scroll through the complete list, including tables of contents.


Fall 2016, "Coloring Outside the Lines: Exhibitions That Cross Boundaries"

Hybrids, crossovers, and combinations: exhibitions that—by mixing things up—push boundaries, convey content in novel ways, provide unique visitor experiences, provoke new ways of looking, or lead us in new directions (and/or to new audiences). Across the board, the articles in this issue help us consider how to do just this. Some explore ways to cross boundaries by embracing new partners, or new disciplines, or new narratives. Others play with the definition of exhibition—by creating “curated events,” or blurring the lines between installation and performance.

Two articles are available on Exhibition Online:

A Journey into the Uncharted: A Theatrical Collaboration Between Punchdrunk and the National Maritime Museum, by Stuart Frost

Create.Connect: A History and STEM Mash-up, by Bette Sscmit and Brian Mancuso


Spring 2016, "The Power of Words: Written, Spoken, and Designed"

"The difference between the almost right word & the right word is really a large matter — ’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.”  — Mark Twain
Exhibition’s spring 2016 issue explores this “large matter” from varied angles.
We are previewing two articles online. Please subscribe to the Journal to read the rest! :

Less is More. And More is Less, by Judy Rand
Language as Process: Using Words to Shape Exhibition Design, by Kris Nesbitt, Lindsay Maldonado

Also, for those attending the AAM Annual Meeting in DC in May, here is a guide to NAME events and sessions related to exhibit planning and design:
NAME Events & Exhibit Planning and Design Track Sessions, American Alliance of Museums 2016, Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo


Fall 2015, "Creating the Inclusive Experience: Exhibitions and Universal Design"

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Exhibitionist takes Universal Design as its theme.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990. Prohibiting discrimination against those with disabilities, the ADA has become one of the most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation in the United States. It also gave rise to the broadly influential architecturectural and design approach known as “Universal Design.” UD encourages us to put ourselves in another’s shoes. Our times demand this call to empathy: people are living longer than ever; medical and technological advances are enabling people to survive injuries and illnesses as never before; autism diagnoses are on the rise. Each of us—if we have not already experienced disability— will almost certainly do so at some point in our lives.

This issue, and almost all of those that came before it, are available in their entirety.

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