Your exhibit will (may) include:
- A central idea or question
- A brief description
- Sections (groupings of objects)
Title, Central idea, and Description
- What is this about, and why should we be interested? Make your viewers curious and eager to explore.
- Sections structure your exhibition and allow you to group objects (thematically, by historical period, by type,…)
- An introductory section introduces your main idea, and orients viewers to the structure of the exhibit
- Why are these objects together? What do they tell use about the main idea? How do the sections work together to construct a coherent story?
- Know why you are including each object: How does it contribute to the central idea? Why is it in this group? How is it different from the other objects?
- Your label text should answer these questions: What am I looking at? Why is it interesting? What does it have to do with the central idea?
Tips for Writing, Revising, and Rethinking:
- When writing object labels: If you can’t see it, don’t talk about it. (see Kris Wetterlund Guide to Interpretive Writing )
- Always return to the central idea: Does this object/label/text support what I really want people to know?
- But – revise your title, central idea, and description if you need to. Your ideas may shift as you do more research.
- If you are working with a group, check in frequently. Work on each object and each section should support the central idea, and the flow of the exhibition as a whole.