We the People: Voices Heard

Track
Exhibit Planning & Design
Start Day and Time
Sunday May 7 1-2:15 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
131 America's Center
Description
As American museums collect, curate, and share expressions, how much should we enable engagement and identify discussion? Are museums equipped to navigate multiple channels of communication that facilitate civil (or uncivil) conversation? This session bridges the gap among unheard voices by presenting methods for community outreach and objective, accessible exhibit design. The panelists share how they represent the voices of those who feel unheard and foster dialogue that is missing from public spaces.

Exhibit Planning and Design track generously supported by Monadnock Media

Learner Outcome
  1. Voices are powerful, but tricky, elements to integrate with exhibitions. Learn to frame and contextualize perspectives so visitors glean meaning.
  2. Learn how to maintain legitimacy when representing differing voices without skewing meaning and while honoring the contributor's trust.
  3. Learn how contributors can define exhibition formation and how to find thoughtful and poignant voices while making considerate decisions.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Brian Woodman
Role: 
Presenter
Bio
Brian Woodman is the Curator of the Film & Media Archive for the Washington University Libraries Department of Special Collections. He regularly teaches classes and workshops related to Film & Media Archive collections and civil rights material and has taught a number of documentary-related courses, including Documentary and Social Change, Cinema Verite and Direct Cinema, and Civil Rights and Social Protest in Documentary Film. He also serves as Documentary Programmer for the St. Louis International Film Festival. He is a producer of the feature documentary The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, an examination of the St. Louis housing development that has become a controversial international symbol of architectural design, urban renewal, and social engineering, and the upcoming documentary The Experimental City. He received his Ph.D. in Film and Media Studies from the University of Kansas in 2006.
Presenter: 
Tamara Biggs
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director of Exhibitions
Organization: 
Chicago History Museum
Bio
Tamara Biggs produced exhibitions since her first job at the Field Museum in 1981. Before her current position as Director of Exhibitions at the Chicago History Museum, Ms. Biggs worked at the Denver Museum of Natural History. She has worked on dozens of exhibitions varying in scale and topic. She is currently on the board of the Indo-American Heritage Museum and teaches a course at the University of Chicago's Graham School of Continuing Studies.
Presenter: 
Tetsubumi Sayama
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Senior Consultant
Organization: 
C&G Partners LLC
Bio
Kevin Sayama has worked on museum exhibition design for 21 years from conceptual planning to execution of installation. His recent exhibition projects have been at institutions including Olin Library at Washington University, St. Louis; Louis Armstrong House Museum, New York; Museum of the Bible, Washington, D.C.; and Briscoe Western Art Museum. His architectural work for over a decade solidified and supported his exhibition work.
Presenter: 
Todd Palmer
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Associate Director & Curator
Organization: 
National Public Housing Museum
Bio
Practiced in architectural, curatorial, editorial and media dimensions of place-based content since 1994, Todd Palmer is currently the Associate Director and Curator at National Public Housing Museum. His understanding of curatorial, mediatic, art-making and exhibit design processes is coupled with a deep concern for forging collaboration in the public sphere and supporting the growth of innovative collectives and transformative organizations.