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Exhibition Prescedent Study Heather Williams

The Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC was very easy to follow because every exhibit was directly connected to the main space. Every exhibit is in order and organized by categories which makes it easy to go through the museum. The actual exhibits are set up in a way that corresponds the space the exhibit is in with the things they are showing. This set up made me feel like I was in the environment that the animals would actually be in besides the glass walls that surround them.

Heather Williams




Islamic Plates, Heather Williams

These are traditional islamic plates and one from this time. They originated with a strong sense of symmetry in their patterns and that still is continued now. Also, a lot of the plates i found had a lot of blue in them, maybe because blue was considered to be expensive.

Exhibition Prescedent Study, Jack Kennedy

I think that The Metropolitan Museum of art Historic Room exhibition is extremely well put together.  The collection features period rooms laid out in a chronological order.  This order helps the visitor understand how homes and furniture have changed over time.  I really enjoy that you enter through the front door of a facade of a house.  Another interesting idea is that behind the house the museum’s storage rooms are now behind glass and the pieces are on exhibit even in storage.  It is always nice to see what a museum has regardless of whether or not they have the space to display it.  The museum also has a guided recorded tour that give an enormous amount of information.

Exhibit Study

Watervliet Arsenal Museum located inside the historic Iron Building, Building 38, Watervelit Arsenal, Watervelit, New York.

This is an exhibit done by Leonard J. DeFrancisci and it was in exhibition in Seeptember of 2010.  The reason I chose to use this exhibit is because it is something that sucessfully kept my attention for an extended period of time.  I enjoyed the use of color and the fact that artifacts are spread in mass all throughout the space.  It is well balanced with the amount of information that I can see, and the use of videos to further describe what is being seen are something that I find very helpful in an exhibit.

-Courtney Wilson

precedent study: tim burton: paige hohlt


YOUNG MOON_3 artifacts


I think tools or utensils (fork, plate, and table), which are used to eat food, reflect the culture of country where it is used.

In Korea, The Silver Spoon and Chopstick set was used for the royalty to check whether the food for King was poisoned or not.

It is still used for some group of people who likes it and toothpaste is used to clean it when the color turns to darker by the use.

“Google Image Result for Korean Silver Spoon and Chopstick.” Web. 5 Oct. 2011.


The Brass Bowl set is Korean traditional plate which is focused on serving and storing of food.

It is a little bit weighty, but it keeps the temperature of food for a while (rice and stew).

“Google Image Result for Korean Bass Bowl.” Web. 5 Oct. 2011.


This Korean traditional table(lower than regular dining table) is used for light refreshment (rice cake and tea).

When a person serves, he or she (particularly female) carry the table with light refreshment from kitchen to living room area.

“Google Image Result for Korean Light Refreshment Table.” Web. 5 Oct. 2011.

Exhibition_Precedent Study


I chose this fork because it is a 17th century Italian fork.  It is made of silver and has three prongs.  This is the way forks looked before the turn of the century and change came about. (

In the 18th century forks changed to the four prong look.  It is and English dessert fork. I really appreciate the decorative nature of it. (

When the 19th century came around there was even more change to silverware.  Steel became a more popular material. This is an early 19th century Flemish table set. (

-Courtney Wilson

history of the fork + knife, paige hohlt

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the 20th century fork, Jack Kennedy

This particular fork I chose because it represents 20th century silver at a peak of development.  This pattern was developed in teh 1920’s by the Durgin Company.  The pattern is Fairfax and was later adopted by Gorham when they purchased Durgin.  The pattern is still produced today.  The pattern was available customized with different engraving patterns.  This allowed individuals to customize thier silver to their liking, giving thema higher level of customization.


The above two plates represent choice of customization in china patterns.  Both plates, Wedgewood, The Etruia, are the same pattern.  However, two different colors are shown, and there is a thrid color as well.  The availability of three colors for one pattern of plate coinsides with the flatware above.  Multiple choices of the same item in many different formats gave the individual the greatest sense of choice and customization.