In Spring of 2019, exhibition curator Kathleen Bickford Berzock taught a museum seminar within the Northwestern University Department of Art History:
ART_HIST 395 MUSEUMS SEMINAR—RESHAPING AN EXHIBITION: PREPARING “CARAVANS OF GOLD” FOR PRESENTATION IN AFRICA
In this class students negotiated the practical and conceptual challenges that arise in reinterpreting an exhibition for three different national contexts. The Block Museum’s exhibition Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa includes loans from museums and research institutes in Mali, Morocco, and Nigeria. Returning unique versions of the exhibition to these countries that use each country’s loans as a focal point is among the exhibition’s goals. Working in teams in close consultation with the exhibition’s curator, students formulated a curatorial approach, selected key objects, and revised label texts. The students work took the form of an exhibition Progressive Web App (PWA).
Progressive web apps are a hybrid of regular web pages (or websites) and a mobile application. This new application model attempts to combine features offered by most modern browsers with the benefits of mobile experience. The apps modest size will make it more accessible to users internationally. Please check back for a link to the completed PWA.