Archive for July, 2009

Remembering Frank

Monday, July 27th, 2009 by Wendy Pollock

A new biography of Frank Oppenheimer by K.C. Cole is out this summer, just in time for the Exploratorium’s 40th anniversary.

We invite the ExhibitFiles community to help celebrate – and to take time to revisit and reflect on Frank Oppenheimer’s exhibit philosophy and practice.

Over the next three months, contribute a case study or review of an exhibit that was developed by Frank himself, or in his spirit. Then on October 30, at the ExhibitFiles Happy Hour at the ASTC Annual Conference in Fort Worth, we’ll recognize the most highly rated contributor with a copy of K.C.’s book. She’ll be there to sign the book and talk about her memories of Frank.

If you want to learn more about Frank Oppenheimer’s ideas about exhibits, there’s also a wonderful collection of his writings on the Exploratorium website – a great source of inspiration, even after all these years.

NAME journal available online

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009 by Wendy Pollock


Eric Siegel, president of NAME (the National Association for Museum Exhibition
here in the United States), writes with news that back issues of the NAME journal (The Exhibitionist) are now available for download on the NAME website. While NAME is generously making this material available to all, new issues will still only be available to NAME members. Gretchen Jennings, an early contributor to ExhibitFiles, is editor of The Exhibitionist.