Designing for Outrage: Inviting Disruption into Exhibitions

Track
Exhibit Planning & Design
Start Day and Time
Tuesday May 9 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
130 America's Center
Description
Violence, murder, xenophobia, homophobia, racism, sexism, and economic injustices vibrate around us. Is there a way that exhibitions can address these issues in all of their moral messiness without rushing to feel-good emotions, harmony, or empathy? Can there be space for outrage? Explores four sites that are innovating to startle, puzzle, enrage, delight, surprise, and evoke outrage. They offer examples and challenges for creating exhibits that invite marginal, subversive, or fragmented narratives and that give visitors an opportunity to explore a full range of issues and emotions.

Exhibit Planning and Design track generously supported by Monadnock Media

Learner Outcome
  1. Identify practical design tools to engage visitors in the moral messiness of today's violent times with a range of emotions, from empathy to outrage.
  2. Create a learning community of practitioners focused on exploring disruption, emotion, and controversy as engagement approaches in exhibits and programs.
  3. Prepare to authentically host a place of disruption and controversy without it becoming co-opted, sanitized, or shut down.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Barbara Lau
Role: 
Presenter
Bio
Barbara Lau is director of the Pauli Murray Project at the Duke Human Rights Center where she connects her commitment to justice with her belief in the power of community practice. She is also the lead developer of the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice, a non-profit organization focused on transforming Murray's childhood home into a national center for history, education, the arts and social mobilization.
Presenter: 
Jennifer Scott
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director
Organization: 
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum - University of Illinois at Chicago
Bio
Jennifer Scott is an anthropologist, public historian and curator who has innovated new design techniques to more emotionally engage social justice issues in arts and history organizations for 25+ years. She is currently Director of Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, a nationally significant historic site dedicated to contemporary social justice issues. She is also a founding member and facilitator of the working group, Museums and Civic Discourse.
Presenter: 
Suzanne Seriff
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director, Gallery of Consience
Organization: 
Museum of International Folk Art
Bio
Dr. Suzanne Seriff is the Director of the Gallery of Conscience, an experimental exhibit lab within the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, which draws on the power of traditional arts to catalyze dialogue, engagement and action around social justice and human rights issues of our time. She is also Sr. Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches courses on arts-based activism for social change.
Presenter: 
Yolanda Leyva
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Assistant Professor of History
Bio
Dr. Yolanda Chavez Leyva is the director of the Institute of Public History and the Borderlands Public History Lab at the University of Texas at El Paso. She is also an associate professor of History and the co-founder of Museo Urbano, a museum without walls that confronts the contested history of the U.S.-Mexico border through exhibits, dialogues, and workshops set up in neighborhood grocery stores,prisons, cafes, libraries, and historic homes.