Exhibition journal issues

Published twice a year, Exhibition offers 128 pages of thought-provoking articles, exhibition critiques, commentary, technical articles, and essays. Each issue is organized around a theme, such as the power of words, exhibitions and universal design, innovation and community relevance, and new media in exhibitions.

Are you interested in contributing an article to the Fall 2024 issue of Exhibition journal? Or, have you visited a museum exhibition that you’d like to write about for Exhibits Newsline, a section of Exhibition journal, for the Spring 2024 issue?

Following is the table of contents for past issues with selected articles to read. Click here to view a list of the full archives.

Fall 2023 Table of Contents

Vol. 42, Issue 2

You Are Here: Exhibitions & Placemaking


Evolution of a Space: A Natural Approach to Enhanced Interpretation by Leah M. Melber, Ph.D., Lauren Dennhardt, Ph.D., and Joseph Vickers

Resisting the Colonial Imagination: The Role of Exhibition Design in the Decolonial Project by Adrienne Lalli Hills and Margaret Middleton

Spaces of Diaspora: Community Architecture as Exhibition by Fatima Al-Rasool

A Monumental Responsibility: Exhibiting and Interpreting the Auction Block in Fredericksburg, Virginia by Dr. Gaila Sims and Theresa Cramer

Neurodiversity and Placemaking in Exhibition Design by Piper Hutson and James Hutson

China and Scotland in Salem: Creating an Unperiod Room at the Peabody Essex Museum by Karina H. Corrigan, Bridget Devlin, Lan Morgan, and Jim Olson

Place as the Catalyst of Learning in Museums by Isabel Diez Uriarte and Liliana Orozco Mora

Moments That Matter: Toward a Visitor-Centered Understanding of Belonging in Museum Spaces by Evelyn Ronning, Sarah Lukowski, Amy Grack Nelson, and Marjorie Bequette

#MUSEUMTOK: How TikTok and Placemaking Are Changing the Museum Experience by Leander Gussmann


President’s Letter by Jennifer Chow

Letter from AAM’s Interim CEO by Brooke E. Leonard

Editor’s Letter by Jeanne Normand Goswami

Exhibits Newsline by Jenny-Sayre Ramberg

Q&A: Margaret Chandra Kerrison on Storytelling, Narrative Placemaking, and Pushing Boundaries

EXHIBITION CRITIQUE: Placemaking: Quilts and the Creation of Special Spaces by Laura Barss Mooney

Spring 2023 Table of Contents

Cover of Exhibition Journal with a drawn seesaw with a gold coin on the higher end and a lightbulb on the lower end.Vol. 42, Issue 1

Big Ideas on Small (or Smaller) Budgets


Tough Art: Building a Collection at Any Price by Anne Fullenkamp

Selection Pressures + Value Engineering = Design Adaptations by Elizabeth K. Shea, Helen Bilinski, Jennifer Acord, Stephen Petri, and Peter Lam

Designing Small Traveling Exhibitions for Large Impacts by Lauren Hunley, Cecelia Gavinsky, and Kevin Kooistra

Crafting Cardboard Experiences: The Activity that Evolved into an Exhibition by Joe Imholte and Keith Braafladt

Fast & Cheap, Stable & Reusable: Reimagining Touch-based Interactive Installations at SFO Museum during the COVID-19 Pandemic by Aaron Cope

Made in Polimi: 35 Square Meters for 150 Years of History by Ludovica Cappelletti and Lola Ottolini


President’s Letter by Travis Helms

Editor’s Letter by Jeanne Normand Goswami

Exhibits Newsline by Jenny-Sayre Ramberg

Q&A: Talking Tech with Matt Maher

Exhibition Critique: Denver’s Iconic, Interactive, and Inciting Public Art [by a museum person who loves this town] by Beth Kaminsky

Nuts & Bolts: Bold Lighting Without the Big Price Tag by Avraham Mor and Casey Diers

Nuts & Bolts: The Wheel Has Been Invented – How Documenting Work Saves Time and Money, Boosts Morale, and Improves the Visitor Experience by Matt Isble

Book Review: Design for Belonging: How to Build Inclusion and Collaboration in Your Communities reviewed by Becky Seabrook

Announcements: 2023 Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo

Fall 2022 Table of ContentsDecorative

Vol. 41, Issue 2

Effective Exhibitions Should _____________.


Effective Museums and Exhibits Should Build Community: La Rodadora by Isabel Diez, Set David Solís Adame, and Gabriela Torres

What You Bring With You, and What You Take Away: Strategies for Supporting Creativity and Making Meaning in Immersive Exhibitions (PDF, 14 pages) by Jessica Neuwirth and Hillel O’Leary

Effective Exhibitions Should Provoke! by Tsione Wolde-Michael and Nancy Bercaw

Towards Shared Authority: Community-Authored Labels Expand Expertise, Spark Relevance, and Build Relationships (PDF, 16 pages) by Melanie Parker, Alison Crites, and Amelia Wiggins

Effective Exhibitions Should Make Lasting Connections Through the Emotional Mapping of Storytelling (PDF, 10 pages) by Cynthia Torp and Scott Perich

Advancing Environmental Justice Through Inclusive Design and Sustainable Materials (PDF, 12 pages) by Brenda Baker and Douglas Flandro

Effective Exhibitions Should Build Bridges (PDF, 8 pages) by Stacy Wakeford


President’s Letter (PDF) by Jennifer Chow

Editor’s Letter (PDF) by Ellen M. Snyder-Grenier

Exhibits Newline (PDF, 6 pages) by Jenny-Sayre Ramberg

Guest Essay: Effective Exhibitions Should be Imbued With Passion (PDF, 3 pages) by Lonnie G. Bunch III

Nuts & Bolts: Credit Where Credit is Due: The Case for Credit Panel Standards (PDF, 9 pages) by Paul Stavast and Hannah Sharp-Wang

Exhibition Critique: The Black Index (PDF, 8 pages) by Brisa Smith Flores

Book Review: Designing Museum Experiences (PDF, 3 pages) reviewed by Sara DeAngelis

Announcement: Celebrating the Work & Talent of Our Community (PDF, 2 pages)

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