Resources for Curators
General Exhibit Tips
- An exhibit is a story. What story do you want to tell?
- Every exhibit needs one big idea, which can be summarized into one sentence, to guide it.
- Everyone leaving the exhibit should be able to easily explain what it was about.
- An aspect of the exhibition is innovative.
- The exhibition offers a new perspective or new insight on a topic.
- The exhibition presents new information.
- The exhibition synthesizes and presents existing knowledge and/or collection materials in a provocative way.
- The exhibition includes innovative uses of media, materials, and other design elements.
- The exhibition is particularly beautiful, exceptionally capable of engendering a personal, emotional response, and/or profoundly memorable in a constructive way.
- The exhibition evokes responses from viewers that are evidence of a transforming experience. Such experiences are often characterized in these ways: It was haunting. The exhibition was an absolute eye-opener. I'll never see [that] in the same way again. I was filled with excitement. It knocked my socks off It sent shivers down my spine. I finally got it!
If you have any questions about the exhibits program or planning an exhibit, please contact the Exhibits Coordinator, Lourdes Santamaría-Wheeler.