Exhibit Design & Museum-Related Projects: Huntington Library

Borderlands

Ongoing

Erburu Galleries

 

A portion of The Huntington's American art collection is contextualized with contributions from contemporary artists in “Borderlands,” a new permanent collections installation that explores a more expansive view of American art history from multiple perspectives. The new installation is spread over 5,000 square feet of gallery space, and highlights more than 70 works from the permanent collection, organized thematically.

The design and promotion of this new installation focused on new acquisitions from artists highlighting indigenous stories, like Sandy Rodriguez and Enrique Martinez-Celaya.

Working with architect Stephen Saitas, we helped realize this reimagined gallery in graphics and casework.

 

All images are © Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens, 2021.

Title wall

A new title wall zone was created in the entrance way that can be used for future exhibitions. It is trilingual (English, Spanish and Chinese) to reflect the diversity of Huntington visitors.

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A new orientation area within the lobby advertised the various exhibitions on view, and reoriented the info desk to be more visitor-friendly and less obtrusive.

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A land acknowledgment is now included in the building.

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Each gallery was arranged thematically, using dramatic paint colors to differentiate them. Photo by Joshua White.

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A wallpaper mural with a William Morris print provided a new backdrop for permanent collection objects. Photo by Joshua White.

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All text panels are bilingual (English and Spanish) thoughout.

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Labels with additional "voices" were added to key objects in a reversed color scheme. Photo by Joshua White.

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Exterior advertising around the museum

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Plant labels encourage visitors to see the links between the exhibition and the surrounding botanical gardens.

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A large banner outside of the gallery advertises the exhibit.