Where do we go from here? The life and times of temporary exhibitions
Why don’t our exhibitions last forever? Where do they go when we take them down? Intern Elisabeth Warsinske reports on the afterlife of a beloved display marking the first century of the Girl Scouts.
Clothing and textiles like uniforms can only be displayed for a few months at a time due to their delicacy and sensitivity to light. The same goes for paper objects. Metal items such as the cooking kit and the pocket knife have a much longer “shelf life” (so to speak). So how do we create a harmonious living environment for all of these various items? The objects that can tolerate more exposure to light stay in the exhibition longer while the light sensitive objects are rotated, swapped out for alternate objects. Every few months, the two Girl Scout uniforms at the center of the display were swapped out for two different uniforms—there were eight different uniforms in all. A Girl Scout calendar and the 1919 photo album were also displayed. Since their pages and pictures will fade with exposure to light, they were turned periodically as well.