LocationThe Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA
This J. Paul Getty Museum exhibition traces the study of one Getty object to determine its date and place of manufacture. A large wooden cabinet, acquired in 1971, had since the 1980s been believed to be a pastiche if not an outright fake. However, documentary research and technical analysis undertaken by experts at the Getty revealed that the cabinet, rather than being a compromised object, is one of the most important pieces of French Renaissance furniture in the United States. Two videos detailing this research present the results of scientific and visual analyses of the object, studies of related materials, archival research, and other evidence.
Press & AwardsAmerican Association of Museums Muse Awards, Bronze, Science, 2006
This kiosk presents an in-depth exploration of a single object. It consists of labels and videos displayed on small screens near a large cabinet. The content carefully explains dating techniques used for furniture and how they were applied to this particular piece. The judges were impressed with how this exhibit successfully explained part of the museum process, giving visitors an understanding of how museums work. The exhibit is installed around the cabinet itself, allowing visitors to directly observe many small details about its age. The visual design of the content was simple, and the length and pacing of each video allowed visitors to quickly grasp concepts.
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