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A Battle to Preserve a Visionary’s Bold Failure

A Battle to Preserve a Visionary’s Bold Failure Permalink Dickenson V. Alley/Burndy Library REMNANTS OF A DREAM Nikola Tesla in a multiple-exposure photo in 1899, as a Tesla coil discharged millions of volts. A science group wants to preserve the remains of his lab. More Photos » By WILLIAM J. …

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The Met Offers a New Look at Americana

The Met Offers a New Look at Americana Marilynn K. Yee/The New York Times The renovated Engelhard Court at the Metropolitan Museum of Art now houses marbles, bronzes and other pieces that can be examined up close. More Photos > Permalink By CAROL VOGEL Published: May 4, 2009 In the …

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Finding the right partner

People always use the word partner when taking about business relationships, as part of the museum planning process finding a fabricator you can work with is truly a partnership. Often ideas will come up and before you want to move forward you want the project estimated, any good fabricator can …

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1/3, 1/3, 1/3

After years of experimentation I have have come to the formula 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 1/3 Of the exhibits off the shelf1/3 Of the exhibits off the shelf, and modified1/3 Of the exhibits custom to the institution The balance assures that the exhibits will work, will be cost effective and will …

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Just say no to design

I fought it the whole way through design school (I have a Masters in Industrial Design), “it’s about planning not designing”. Design is not open ended, planning allows for multiple outcomes, I don’t care what any body says, you can not design an open ended exhibit. I know I have …

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Why Would Anyone Hire a Designer?

Almost all of my favorite projects didn’t have design help. City MuseumMutterExploratorium The places grew out of a passion to create. No one can design that, it happens. You can create a culture and an environment that fosters creativity, exploration and discovery, but you can’t design it.

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In Lean Times, New Ways to Reach Out

By Carol Vogel, Published: March 12, 2009 http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/19/arts/artsspecial/19strategies.html?ref=artsspecial New York Times Special Section SOME 150 yoga fanatics, mats in hand, gathered in the second-floor atrium of the Museum of Modern Art one recent Saturday morning. They were there to “Put the oM in MoMA,” as the invitation read. Fred R. …

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Why Are You Building A Museum?

Sound like an easy question? Often I lead museum planning sessions for new museums.  The museum has part of the funds raised to create the museum, they have their non profit status, have created a Board of Directors and now are ready to take the next steps. Create fund raising …

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$24 Per Person!, California Academy of Science

At $24 per person, the California Academy of Science is setting a tone before you enter the door, two adults and two children, $78 dollars!  for a public institution.  This is a violation of the trust between a learning institution and the public.  That is before we even discuss if …

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Happy Holidays!

Wishing you all the best in 2009 Snowy owl’s beautiful white plumage helps to hide it in its Arctic habitat. Only the males are completely white. Chicks are dark and spotted, while the females are white with spots on their wings. National Geographic Photograph by Norbert Rosing

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Context over Content in LA

By HOLLAND COTTER, Published: August 26, 2008, New York Times NEW YORK TIMES LINK LOS ANGELES — The Latin American collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is back on view after three years’ absence. And the reinstallation opens with a piquant flourish in a display of ancient …

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