Interactive Installation Provides Dramatic Backdrop for Museum Studies Symposium

October 17, 2013

Solmssen Court has proven to be the perfect venue for a dramatic installation featuring dozens of white parasols suspended from the top of the glass-enclosed space. Erected as part of the recent Museum Studies-sponsored symposium titled "Collaborative Approaches | Meaningful Experiences," the interactive exhibit will be on display through the end of October.

Held October 11 – 12, the symposium featured museum planning experts and marked the debut of Creating Exhibitions: Collaboration in Planning, Development and Design of Interpretive Experiences, a new book co-written by Associate Professor Polly McKenna-Cress MFA '95 (Museum Exhibition Planning & Design), director of Museum Studies and chair of the MFA in Museum Exhibition Planning & Design program.

The installation was created by the Flux Foundation, a San Francisco-based non-profit whose mission is to engage people in designing and building large-scale public art as a catalyst for education, collaboration and empowerment.

The striking paper umbrellas are hung from a bamboo structure that is attached to the railings on the third floor and can be raised and lowered individually by their tethers, which are accessible from the first floor catwalk.

Parasol photos by Morgan Beye '14 (Photography); symposium photo provided by Museum Studies.

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