Building A Better World exhibition at Newark Public Library, NJ

Building a Better World: Ironbound Community Corporation’s 50 Years of Activism and Empowerment is on view at the Newark Public Library through December 31, 2019.  A social service organization, ICC had never done an exhibition before. Library staff recommended Claudia and MPC. Claudia interviewed current and former staff and included quotes and spotlight stories (highlighting people who worked with and benefited from ICC’s work) in the exhibition.  Since ICC serves a multilingual population, exhibition text is translated into Spanish and Portuguese on each panel.

The picture gallery shows the introductory text panel and an overview of the exhibition.

The Ties that Bind exhibition at Morristown & Morris Township Library, NJ

The Ties that Bind: How Race Relations Shaped Morris County & New Jersey 1688-2018 is on view at the Morristown & Morris Township Library, Morristown NJ through January 5, 2019.  The exhibit began with Bethel Morristown Church wanting to do an exhibit about their history for their 175th Anniversary celebration.  While researching the story, Claudia noticed it went beyond just church history. Claudia curated this exhibition, including writing all text panels and label copy. Designed as a traveling exhibition, there are few actual objects/artifacts on display.

The picture gallery shows the introductory text panel,  some views of exhibition cases, the final text panel, “Take Action” interactive, and visitors at the exhibition opening.

Newark Public Schools Historical Preservation Committee

Old School: Collections of the Newark Public Schools Historical Preservation Committee is on view at the Newark Public Library, Newark NJ through December 2018.  Claudia curated this exhibition, including writing all text panels and label copy. This is their first-ever exhibition and is meant to showcase what the Committee collects, to encourage more donations and preservation of Newark Public School history.

Press coverage of the exhibition appeared both on TV and in the newspaper.

The picture gallery shows the introductory text panel,  some views of exhibition cases, a sample exhibit case label and an overview of the exhibit space.

Pierro Gallery

Carved, Painted, Stitched: The Folk-Art Collection of Barbara Cate exhibition at The Pierro Gallery in South Orange, NJ, co-curated by Claudia of MPC in 2018, pays tribute to late Seton Hall University professor of art history Barbara Cate. Claudia wrote all label copy and text panels for this exhibit.

Local press coverage of the exhibition on opening night discusses the reason for the exhibition and some related programming.

The picture gallery shows details of the exhibition: Introductory text panel; gallery one quilt and carved animals; detail of carved animals and label copy; gallery two paintings and church; sample label from gallery two for painting; tribute room with photographs/memorabilia of Barbara; opening night attendees. Click on the images for a closer look.

Museum of Early Trades & Crafts

Museum of Early Trades & Crafts (METC) received an “incubation grant” to try something new.  They wanted to see how people connect to their collections, so we tested out a few representative objects with different audiences (teens and adults) and created a prototype to see how people responded to and connected with one object, a board game.  Responses led to two interviews with two visitors new to the museum.

Check out the video to see how they connected with museum objects, and the exhibit case METC put together about this project.

After viewing the project and the final report, the funder said:

I am pleased that this project ended up having an even deeper impact than you imagined. I was delighted by the woman in the video making the connection to Cards Against Humanity (I play often with friends)…and of course particularly fascinated by a connection I don’t think I ever would have thought of myself. Both of the visitors you interviewed made another check mark in the box valuing multiple perspectives in museum interpretation. Congratulations on the successful project.

Above: Exhibit case with video on left; Museum of Early Trades & Crafts; detail of game board that inspired project; detail of objects brought in by participants. Click on images for a closer look.

Montclair History Center (formerly the Montclair Historical Society)

The Montclair History Center’s Many Voices exhibition opened in October 2014. MPC curated the exhibition and the re-interpretation of two period rooms in the historic Crane House. Read the Montclair Times article about the exhibition and TapInto Montclair’s coverage of the re-opening.

Read more about the research and development process and how the site interpretation changed in Claudia’s guest blogpost.

Stephen Baker, a blogger who visited exhibition, draws a comparison of the new exhibition and interpretation in the Crane House to the Tenement Museum in NYC in his blog post in May 2015.

The New York Times also wrote about the Crane House reinterpretation and exhibition.

While the project was in process, hear Claudia talking about the exhibition – and other museum topics – on Humanities Connection, a radio program sponsored by The NJ Council for the Humanities.

MPC also worked on the related documentary, A Place to Become: Montclair through the eyes of the Glenridge Avenue YWCA Women, 1920-1965 which debuted May 2014 at the Montclair Film Festival.

Above: Crane House hallway and displays; movie poster of A Place to Become. Click on images for a closer look.

Morris Museum

The Jersey Rocks: A History of Rock & Roll in the Garden State exhibition at The Morris Museum in Morristown, co-curated by Claudia of MPC in 2011, was named one of the top 10 NJ Entertainment News Stories of 2011 by Chris Jordan of NJ Press Media in the Asbury Park Press.

Press coverage of the Jersey Rocks exhibition includes a NY Times article and a Star-Ledger article, written by music critic Tris McCall.

Mary Case, Organizational Coach for Qm2, said this about the exhibition:
“What a wonderful surprise to learn that you were associated with the summer exhibit I enjoyed so much at The Morris Museum. I know you must have mounted it for a shoe-string, but the intelligence was everywhere, and you were able to keep the audios from bleeding over each other. Congratulations and all continued success!”

The picture gallery shows details of the exhibition: The Rise of Rock & Roll; Golden Age of Rock & Roll; Rock “Splinters” – The Misfits; Rock “Splinters” – The Smithereens; seating area and intro panels; Capitol Theatre showcase and an interactive area – design your own album cover.

New Jersey Historical Society

Transit Drivers, Honeymooners, Midwives: Collecting and Telling New Jersey Stories – 2005 Exhibition at The New Jersey Historical Society.

Working collaboratively with the exhibition team, Claudia of MPC conceived the theme and “big idea;” researched in collections; wrote exhibition text; oversaw design and installation from start to finish. Winner of 2006 American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) Award of Merit.

The exhibition was mentioned in a NY Times article.

Photos: Introductory panel; a section from the exhibition which includes a dance/music activity, a section including a scent interactive, and a section with a photo flip book interactive.

Ebb and Flow: New Jersey and Its Rivers – 2006 Exhibition at The New Jersey Historical Society.

Claudia co-curated the exhibition; researched, wrote, and edited text and labels; chose artifacts; oversaw design and installation from start to finish.

Photos: Introductory panel; exhibit section; walk-on floor map with links to exhibit sections.

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