Tuesday, August 07, 2007

MacGuyver's Archival Glossary: Exhibits

Definition -- A curious and rarely rewarding affair in which you are asked to do one of three things:

a) fill a large, inadequate space with few items, and to avoid too much text;

b) fill a tiny, inadequate space with many items, and to avoid not having enough text;

c) fill a hopeless space with a sad collection, where no amount of text will save you.

If your institution has none of these problems, you may continue to laugh derisively at the misfortunes of others. I know I do.

1 comment:

C in DC said...

I've been extremely lucky in my archival career. I've only had to do 2 exhibits and both were on topics in which I was heavily invested. I read your scenario and think "thank goodness that's not me."