This small exhibit exhibited skulls from the Penn Museum's Morton collection. The intent was to bring up opinions of 3 individuals, Samuel Morton, a 19th Century anthropologist, Stephen Gould, a 20th century anthropologist and writer, and Janet Monge, physical anthropologist at the Penn Museum.

Three primary cases instigated a visual dialogue behind the idea of each anthropologist. One teaser case in the hallway served to draw people into the small space, which is an elevator lobby.

Casework included removable backer boards covered with vinyl graphics, build ups, audio visual elements, and interior lighting.

Multiple transparent panels kept the small space open and dramatic.

Main interpretive graphics were placed in the hallway. Here, a scientific instrument and skull compliment the text and draw visitors into the exhibit.

2012- Year of Proof

These multisided case layouts in a busy small elevator corridor posed a unique and charged exhibit about race. The challenge was to create layouts that could be read from a variety of angles in tight spaces, and also provide each artifact its own label within a confined space while retaining the prescribed organization.

Note, since this exhibit was installed in 2012 the skulls in this collection are in process of being evaluted with community involvement and consultation in order to take the next steps towards repatriation or reburial of the crania of enslaved individuals within the Collection.

For
Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Type
Exhibit design, construction documentation, installation