Archive for October, 2009

Pure gold

Saturday, October 31st, 2009 by Wendy Pollock

ExhibitFiles members gathered in Forth Worth October 30 to celebrate the growth of the community and its collective resources over the last year.

Tom Nielsen of Tucson and Jason Jay Stevens of San Antonio received this year’s “golden” awards in recognition of their recent contributions.

Tom wrote in July about his recollections of soap bubble exhibits at the Exploratorium. “‘Exploratorium’, I think, nails it—exploration for the joy of it, up to your elbows in soapy water, shoulder to shoulder with other visitors. If there are discoveries, if there is learning, if test scores improve, fine. But without exploration there’s nothing.” Tom also wrote earlier about the Experimentarium’s Giant Ears and Seeing the Light.

In his reviews, Jason has shared his observations about exhibitions from upstate New York to Los Angeles, including the Goodbye Parade that closes every day at Rochester’s Strong National Museum of Play, the “old-fashioned charm” of the Velaslavasay Panorama and St. Louis’s City Museum, “profoundly profuse with risk.”

Many thanks to Tom, Jason, and all of the members of ExhibitFiles who are contributing to our collective memories.

ExhibitFiles in Fort Worth

Friday, October 16th, 2009 by Wendy Pollock

If you’ll be in Fort Worth for the ASTC Annual Conference, please come to the ExhibitFiles Happy Hour on Friday, October 30, 5:00-6:30 pm, at Shula’s Bar, in the lobby of the Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel (cash bar).

We’ll be recognizing some of the outstanding contributors to the site over the last year. KC Cole, author of the recent biography of Exploratorium founder Frank Oppenheimer, also will be there to give a signed copy of her book to an ExhibitFiles member who’s helped keep Frank’s memory alive in a post on the site.

Between now and then, we hope you’ll consider contributing a case study or review – it can be of a whole exhibition, or just one exhibit that was an inspiration to you, or that taught you something you want to share with others.

Hope to see you in Fort Worth!