The Hidden Life of Things: Andean and Amazonian Cultural Artifacts and the Stories They Tell Pop-Up Exhibit
What is a "pop-up exhibit"?
The Hidden Life of Things pop-up exhibit presents a collection of Andean and Amazonian cultural artifacts featured as “texts” in their own right on 19 retractable banners and stands (33.5" x 78.7") that allow the exhibit to travel from institution to institution with the purpose of fostering engagement with indigenous epistemologies and raising greater awareness of Andean and Amazonian cultures. The exhibit can be set up easily in any space that accommodates the banners and stands, generating an instant, self-standing gallery that viewers can walk through. The exhibit includes interactive features, accessible through QR codes that can be read on any smart phone, which allow viewers to listen to Andean music, hear Quechua poetry and Andean myths, access resources online, and learn more about the cultural artifacts as they move through the exhibit.
How can I bring The Hidden Life of Things pop-up exhibit to my campus/institution/organization?
The exhibit was developed by The Ohio State University Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) and is available through a loan agreement. Please contact CLAS to inquire about the possibility of bringing the exhibit to your campus/institution/organization. The exhibit can be requested for periods of 1-4 months and comes with an expectation for the receiving institution to develop programming that will maximize the impact of the display. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (614) 688-4285 for inquiries.
Links to Past Exhibit Displays
- Symposium on Indigenous Languages and Cultures of Latin America, October 2018
- Spurlock Museum of World Cultures at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, current
This pop-up exhibit was developed, curated, and designed by Michelle Wibbelsman (faculty curator, associate professor of Latin American Indigenous Cultures, Ethnographic and Ethnomusicological Studies, Department of Spanish and Portuguese), Diego Arellano (student curator, Arts Management major), and Tan Nguyen (exhibit graphic designer, assistant director of Marketing and Communications, Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures).