The Challenge in Exhibiting Incarceration

May 8, 2015
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Exhibit Design Course SiteThroughout the spring 2015 semester, one class of students at Parsons School of Design at The New School delved into the makings of an exhibit – both as a physical component and an online platform. But they did not only learn about curation. Students researched and designed prototypes specifically for the Humanities Action Lab exhibit on incarceration. The crux of their work confronted the challenging nature of exhibiting a critical subject matter that involves real voices, real stories, and urgent policies.

During week 11 of the semester, students were assigned to further develop their online prototypes while understanding the sensitive nature of their focal narrative. Each team within the course became responsible for creating different elements of the website as if the traveling exhibit component just arrived at their locality. Below are some examples of the students’ work:

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Professor Alison Cornyn and Professor Sandra Wheeler led the Exhibit Design Course at Parsons. We look forward to seeing all of the students’ work throughout the year, and how it will continue to shape the public dialogue on incarceration.