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Exhibition Journal Spring 2017

Volume 36, No. 1, Spring 2017:
Designing Emotion



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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Spring 2017, "Designing Emotion"

Research has shown that learning — including the kind of informal learning that happens in museum exhibitions — is not only cognitive, it’s emotional, and what is emotionally experienced will create a more lasting impression. In other words, it’s not just about the facts.

Given the connections between heart and mind, how do we make room for emotion in exhibitions? Our authors explore this question from a variety of perspectives. They take us to many places: to projects in Chicago, North Carolina, and New Mexico that embrace subversion and create space for outrage; to the Bronx Zoo, where an exhibition team uses habitat design to foster emotional connections with animals; to the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation in Florida, and the start of an inquiry into the emotional and cognitive associations of scent in ethnographic museums; to the  oor of a Boston science museum, where research explores the role of emotion as a mediator of engagement; and more.

Most of the issue is available only by subscription. In Spring 2018, all PDFs will be made available online. In the meantime, we've made two articles fully accessible now:

Designing for Outrage: Inviting Disruption and Contested Truth into Museum Exhibitions, by Barbara Lau, Jennifer Scott, Suzanne Seriff

Core Emotion and Engagement in Informal Science Learning, by Gabrielle Rappolt-Schlichtmann, Miriam Evans, Christine Reich, Clara Cahill


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.

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

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