Sketching is always my first impulse, writing a distant second. Sketching is a means of thinking visually—on the page—and thoughts are generated as I watch a sketch unfold. The first mark is defining, raising many new opportunities for making the next mark, and new possibilities materialize while others fall by the wayside. The drawing process is a conversation between my imagination and the page, mediated by my hand, and that dialogue challenges me to respond.
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2012 Insight Award Honoree; Senior Vice President of Exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History
David Harvey is an interpretive exhibition designer whose passion is creating compelling museum experiences for the public. As SVP of Exhibition, directing a team of more than 60, his most recent exhibitions at AMNH include Poison, Pterosaurs, Creatures of Light, Brain: The Inside Story, Traveling the Silk Road, and Mythic Creatures.
David Harvey's permanent exhibitions include the AMNH's The Spitzer Hall of Human Origins, Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, and Arthur Ross Hall of Meteorites. In addition to drawing high attendance numbers in New York, his exhibitions are seen annually by more than 2.5 million international visitors as exhibitions travel to museums worldwide.
Among his several permanent installations at the Metropolitan Museum of Art are the 19th Century Galleries for European Painting and Sculpture, covering approximately twenty two thousand square feet. David also has designed a suite of permanent galleries for the renowned Cone Collection of Matisse paintings at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
In his spare time, David Harvey teaches Interpretive Exhibition Design at NYU's ITP graduate program.
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See David Harvey's work at the Museum of Natural History in New York.