The Manual of Museum Exhibitions

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Barry Lord, Gail Dexter Lord, Gail Dexter
Rowman Altamira, 2002 - Business & Economics - 544 pages
The Manual of Museum Exhibitions is a practical, hands-on, comprehensive guide to the entire process of planning, designing, producing, and evaluating exhibitions for museums of all kinds. Conceived, organized, and edited by Gail and Barry Lord, this invaluable book includes contributions by masters of each step in the complex art of museum exhibition-making. Subjects range from traditional displays of art, artifacts, and specimens from the permanent collection to the latest developments in virtual reality, online exhibitions, simulators, and big-screen reality. An exciting array of stimulating case studies featuring outstanding museum exhibitions from both sides of the Atlantic makes this manual all the more valuable to practitioners and students of the museum profession, architects, designers and the many specialized contractors involved in 21st-century exhibitions. The book is also useful and interesting reading for museum Trustees and Board members, volunteers, and all others who understand and enjoy the educational value of today's museum exhibitions. The Manual of Museum Exhibitions is particularly remarkable for its comprehensive scope, including evaluation processes, exhibition gallery requirements, and practical methods for each step in the planning, design, production, and project management of exhibitions. The final chapter surveys contemporary developments and presents a particularly impressive group of case studies that suggest possible directions for museum exhibition development in the new millennium. The Manual of Museum Exhibitions is a practical, hands-on, comprehensive guide to the entire process of planning, designing, producing, and evaluating exhibitions for museums of all kinds. Conceived, organized, and edited by Gail and Barry Lord, this invaluable book includes contributions by masters of each step in the complex art of museum exhibition-making. Subjects range from traditional displays of art, artifacts, and specimens from the permanent collection to the latest
 

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Fantastic guide to gallery spaces and programming. Better suited to larger facilities but good hints for small galleries as well.

Contents

Introduction The Exhibition Planning Process
xxiii
Why?
5
The Purpose of Museum Exhibitions
7
21 EXHIBITIONS AS A FUNCTION OF MUSEUMS
8
22 MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS AS THE COMMUNICATION OF MEANING
11
23 MODES OF EXHIBITION APPREHENSION
15
EXHIBITIONS AT THE CORNING MUSEUM OF GLASS
19
Where do Exhibition Ideas Come From? 31 RESEARCHBASED AND MARKETDRIVEN EXHIBITIONS
23
84 EDUCATIONAL AND OTHER PUBLIC PROGRAMMES FOR EXHIBITIONS
293
Financial Planning and Management of Exhibitions
313
91 DEVELOPING AN EXHIBITION BUDGET TEMPLATE
314
92 FINANCIAL PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT OF A TEMPORARY EXHIBITION PROGRAMME
334
Curatorship in the Exhibition Planning Process
341
102 CURATORIAL RESEARCH
342
MAKING AND MEANING Turners The Fighting Temeraire at the National Gallery London
344
103 COLLECTION EVALUATION SELECTION AND DEVELOPMENT
349

32 PLANNING FOR EXHIBITION RESEARCH
25
INTEGRATING THE VOICES OF COMMUNITIES AND AUDIENCES
28
HUUPUKWANUMTUPAAT OUT OF THE MIST TREASURES OF THE NUUCHAHNULTH CHIEFS
31
How Will We Know When We Get There? Exhibition Evaluation 41 THE ROLE OF MARKET ANALYSIS
35
FRONTEND FORMATIVE AND SUMMATIVE EVALUATION
40
EVALUATION FORA PERMANENT EXHIBITION ABOUT THE WORK OF CONSERVATORS Caught in Time at National Museums and Gallerie...
50
43 QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE AUDIENCE RESEARCH
54
Where? Space and Facilities for Exhibitions
63
Planning and Designing Exhibition Facilities
65
51 DEVELOPING DESIGN CRITERIA FOR EXHIBITION SPACE
69
DESIGN CRITERIA The International Glass Museum Tacoma Washington
70
52 PROJECTING DISPLAY SPACE REQUIREMENTS
72
VISIBLE STORAGE AT THE MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY MOA University of British Columbia Vancouver Canada
82
SUPPORT ACTIVITIES AND FACILITIES
86
54 ACCESS ADJACENCY AND CIRCULATION
94
55 PRESERVING COLLECTIONS IN EXHIBITIONS
106
56 SECURITY AND PUBLIC SAFETY IN EXHIBITIONS
120
57 EXHIBITION ACCESSIBILITY
130
Exhibition Galleries
139
61 GALLERIES FOR ART OR ARCHIVES
140
62 GALLERIES FOR ARTEFACTS OR SPECIMENS
144
63 CHILDRENS MUSEUM AND SCIENCE CENTRE GALLERIES
149
64 STUDY SPACES
154
65 MULTIPURPOSE PUBLIC SPACES
155
ONE NEW KIND OF GALLERY Discovery Libraries at the Denver Art Museum
156
ALASKA NATIVE HERITAGE CENTER A Gathering of Traditions Anchorage Alaska
160
66 LIGHT AND COLOUR IN THE GALLERIES
162
67 GALLERY STRUCTURE
168
68 MATERIALS AND FINISHES
181
Gallery Facilities and Equipment
193
71 DISPLAY CASES
194
72 LIGHTING
203
73 AUDIOVISUAL HARDWARE
210
ENHANCING THE EXPERIENCE
218
75 ADVANCED MEDIA IN MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS
230
MULTIMEDIA INVESTMENT STRATEGIES AT THE MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF ARTS Preparing for the Inevitable Tomorrows
232
THE FEAST OF A THOUSAND YEARS At the Ename Provincial Museum Belgium
242
How? The Exhibition Development Process
255
Planning and Managing an Exhibition Programme
257
81 PERMANENT COLLECTION DISPLAY
258
ODYSSEY A JOURNEY INTO WORLD ART at the Peabody Essex Museum Salem Massachusetts
264
82 PLANNING AND MANAGING TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS
272
AFRICAN ZION From Temporary to Permanent at the Walters Art Gallery Baltimore
284
83 TRAVELLING EXHIBITIONS
286
THE TREASURES TO GO TRAVELLING EXHIBITIONS TOUR Smithsonian American Art Museum Washington DC
289
104 DOCUMENTATION
350
105 CONSERVATION
351
106 PREPARATION OF THE EXHIBITION BRIEF
352
Interpretative Planning 111 THE COMMUNICATION PROCESS
369
112 THE LOGISTICAL PROCESS
372
113 THE INTERPRETATIVE PLANNING PROCESS
373
MAKING THE EARTH MOVE FOR YOU The Earth Galleries at the Natural History Museum London
383
Exhibition Text
389
121 BALANCING PERSPECTIVES IN EXHIBITION TEXT
390
122 EXHIBITION TEXT GUIDELINES
394
123 INCLUDING TEXT IN THE EXHIBITION PROCESS
396
124 THE LANGUAGE OF MULTIMEDIA
398
The Role of the Exhibition Designer 131 CRITERIA FOR EFFECTIVE MUSEUM EXHIBITION DESIGN
401
132 DESIGNING THE SPACE FOR A MUSEUM EXHIBITION
405
133 DESIGNING EXHIBITIONS FOR THE WHOLE SENSORIUM
407
134 THE EXHIBITION DESIGN PROCESS
408
A WALK PAST TIME Architecture Evolution and the Tree of Life the renovation and reinterpretation of the American Museum of Natural History ...
417
Construction and Installation
421
142 CONTRACTING THE CONSTRUCTION AND INSTALLATION
422
TESTING EXHIBITS DURING CONSTRUCTION FOR THE KIRBY SCIENCE DISCOVERY CENTER SIOUX FALLS SOUTH DAKOTA
429
Lighting The Show
433
LIGHTING THE SCOTLAND IN HISTORY EXHIBITION AT THE MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND EDINBURGH
436
The Role of the Project Manager
439
161 PROJECT MANAGEMENT TOOLS
440
162 DOCUMENTATION
441
164 COMMISSIONING AND COMPLETING THE EXHIBITION PROJECT
443
OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE
444
THE ROALD DAHL CHILDRENS GALLERY Project Management at Buckinghamshire County Museum
446
Exhibition Retail 171 RETAIL RESEARCH
451
172 MERCHANDISE MIX
453
173 BEYOND THE MUSEUM SHOP
455
174 PRODUCTS RELATED TO TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS
457
VAN GOGH FACE TO FACE AT THE DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ART PLANNING THE EXHIBITION SHOP
461
What Now?
463
Museum Exhibitions in the 21st Century
465
QUESTIONING SCIENTIFIC AUTHORITY A Question of Truth at the Ontario Science Centre Toronto Canada
471
THE GRANDE GALERIE DE LEVOLUTION Museum National dHistoire Naturelle Paris
475
FOLLOW THE NORTH STAR AT CONNER PRAIRIE INDIANA A Case Study in Controversial Programming
479
ENCHANTED WORLDS A Presentation for Children on Multicultural Society at the Museum of Ethnology Rotterdam
483
ART ON TYNESIDE at the Laing Art Gallery Tyne and Wear Museums Newcastle upon Tyne
487
Glossary
493
Annotated Bibliography
507
Index
519
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About the author (2002)

Barry Lord is co-founder and Director of LORD Cultural Resources Planning and Management Inc. With Gail Dexter Lord he is also co-editor of The Manual of Museum Planning and co-author of The Manual of Museum Management. A former curator, art critic, art historian and museum educator, he has organized and curated many exhibitions over the past four decades, and planned exhibition galleries and facilities for hundreds of museums on four continents. His work is well known in Singapore, Korea, Australia and Hong Kong, as well as in Great Britain, the United States and Canada. He also lectures on museum planning and management worldwide.

Gail Dexter Lord is co-founder and Director of LORD Cultural Resources Planning and Management Inc. With Barry Lord she is also co-editor of The Manual of Museum Planning and co-author of The Manual of Museum Management. She has directed planning and management studies, visitor evaluation and exhibition development projects for hundreds of museums and galleries throughout the United Kingdom, continental Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. An inspiring teacher, she also teaches museum planning and management worldwide.

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