“Winterthur’s Cabinet of Curiosities”

2016    “Winterthur’s Cabinet of Curiosities.” A curated display at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library. Project support and design assistance by Amy Marks Delaney and Nat Caccamo.

As part of my internship with the Exhibitions team at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, I coordinated and curated a redevelopment of a large display case known in-house as the “Bow Window.” This case is located in the museum’s reception foyer, and typically contains more light-hearted displays than other gallery spaces.  The existing display, titled What Is That?!, was curated and installed by a student in 2011, and was long overdue for a change.  The case is roughly 5.5 feet long by 5 feet high, and the moderate size allowed me to go through the whole exhibition process from inception to installation in a reasonable time frame.  I obtained a detailed checklist of tasks that needed to be accomplished, and took on a project management role.   My supervisor and I created a schedule, narrowed down a topic, and I refined the content and themes, selected objects from the Winterthur collection, consulted with the staff curators on object selection, consulted with conservation staff about the types of objects that could or could not be used in that particular case, and wrote label copy.

Click on the link below to see the label copy I wrote for this project (pictures of the installation are forthcoming).

Label Copy – Winterthur’s Cabinet of Curiosities