Exposure: From Contact to Impact

Problem

In a group of three exhibition design students, collaboratively design a 5,000 square foot object-based exhibition, using the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology’s Oceanic collection as a starting point.

SOLUTION

The design of the exhibition was inspired by characteristics that often result from exposure: uncover, layers, worn, reveal and weather. These descriptors have varying connotations, which is a concept we wanted to convey about the implications of exposure. The use of raw and natural materials makes the exhibition feel worn and weathered, while being strengthened and beautiful. Through changing perspectives as he moves from island to island, the visitor can see how the exhibition changes, emphasizing that a culture is shaped by many different influences. In order to better understand a culture, all impacts should be explored. 

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