Picture This: Windows on the American Home
The design challenge was to create an engaging, informational, and visually stimulating environment to display a range of inherently quotidian objects. The exhibition architecture used the concept of framing to display the artifacts in multiple free-standing units, creating transparent, layered viewpoints emphasized by the linear gallery space. The designed environment responded to and accentuated existing fenestration, and used the changing natural window light to enhance the exhibition display. An illuminated timeline ran continuously through the length of the gallery, displaying different window types and architectural styles. Exhibition graphics, signage, and identity extended the framing metaphor and worked with the scale of the museum to create a dramatic entrance. A lexicon of window shapes was used as a background for the exhibition didactics. Color was used to dematerialize the walls and floor and create a floating field for the objects displayed.
Sandra Wheeler, Matter Practice and Alicia Cheng, MGMT. design (Principals in Charge), J. Oliver Vollen, Alfred Zollinger, Karina Moya
Matter Practice/MGMT. design
Donald Albrecht (curator); Ben Rubin, EAR Studio, Inc. (film and video components); Sandy Isenstadt (historian); Chrysanthe B. Broikos (project manager)
Hank Griffith and Christopher Maclay, National Building Museum