Off the Wall
In response to new technologies, visions, and markets, the lines among among education, design, collection, advertising, activism, memorialization, and art are increasingly blurred. This area of the blog will address those kinds of questions by continuing the work of “Off the Wall: Critical Reviews of History Exhibit Practice in an Age of Ubiquitous Display,” launched by NCPH in 2010. These reviews aim to expand (or perhaps to explode) our understanding of what constitutes a historical exhibit, and to work on developing a set of conventions for critically evaluating a wider range of history exhibit practice than is currently reviewed in our disciplinary and professional forums.
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