Weekend Work 10-26-15: Effective Signage, Paper Playing, Curating Visitors, Authenticating the Morning After, Holiday Gifts, and a BS Historian

Over the last few weeks we have found so many wonderful new additions to the Hysterical Society’s collection which we want to share. However, like most new museum acquisitions, they need additional research and interpretation, both of which require time. You can’t just exhibit a collection of vintage prints and expect everyone to understand them. Unless you believe that such collections speak for themselves (pro tip: they don’t).

While our curatorial team is busy pulling together their various researches, here are a few ponderful items they have found, which don’t quite fit our mission but are of interest anyway.

These are perhaps the most compelling wayfinding and interpretive signs you’ll see today.

Richard McCor’s Paperboyo is a collection of his analogue enhancements of famous places.

Recreating 15th Century Flemish-Style Portraits In the Airplane Lavatory– the title says it all.

For all that many museums care visitors can come dressed as a pig, so long as they visit.

In August the Wall Street Journal published this article, Still Life With Badly Dressed Museum-Goer, wherein they likened museum visitors to swine.

A British art historian questions a $5 million artpiece’s “authenticity” based on the wrinkles in the sheets.

For $85 you can get the Jewish paleontologist in your life the perfect gift.

A historian’s job is to be both skeptical and critical. Few do it better than one of our favorites, the BS Historian: Sceptical Commentary on Pseudohistory and the Paranormal


About T.H. Gray

T.H. Gray is the self-appointed court jester and Dr. Demento for the history museum field. A lifelong museum professional and reenactor, he is a graduate of the prestigious Peale-Barnum Public History Museum Studies Program. Until 2011, when the AHS hired him away, he was on staff at the Benjamin Dover Memorial Museum & Swimming Pool ("Our History is All Wet!"). He remembers when museums were still about history, science, and art. BTW, all of these posts say they are by T.H. Gray because he can't turn off the byline. Credit, when due, is given. View all posts by T.H. Gray

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