Anacostia Community Museum

Gateway exhibit at Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum was a ground breaking Latinx exhibit by curator Ariana Curtis. The exhibit explores what does it mean for Latino migrants and immigrants to make a home in a U.S. city? Both struggle and triumph. Through the gateways of social justice, community access, and public festivals, this exhibition explores the experiences of Latino migrants and immigrants in four U.S. metro areas: Washington DC, Baltimore, MD; Charlotte, NC; and Raleigh-Durham, NC.

The exhibit design clearly articulates the Gateways of 1) Justice, 2) Community Access and 3) Public Festivals with three large portal like elements. The portals where the Big Idea that structured the gallery experience.

The exhibit is fully bilingual. The exhibit furniture provided innovative methods of displaying English and Spanish with developing a hierarchy. It also used double sided panels to limit the spread of text labels because of the duplication of interpretive text. 

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anacostia-museum-exhibit-design-me3Following the title of the exhibit we structure the gallery around the Big-Idea of gateways. Shown above is one of the three gateways.

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In the final gateway an artist created a "Day of the Dead" altar.

 

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anacostia-museum-exhibit-design-me12Artist provided valuable artwork for the exhibit. At Museum Environments we consider them partners and co-creators of the exhibit design process. We believe that their participation authenticates the voice of the exhibit.