Rubin Museum Meets FIT
Rubin Museum staff members visited FIT yesterday as part of a semester-long graduate level project. In the fall, the FIT Graduate Program in Exhibition Design, led by Brenda Cowan and Norman Bleckner, approached Marcos Stafne, Head of Education and Visitor Experience here at the Rubin, and sought our participation as a site for a student Exhibition Design Project. As a participating site, the museum was asked to issue a request for proposals from the students for ways to hypothetically renovate a few aspects of the museum, most notably: the facade, the admissions/lobby area, and the second floor gallery space.
On Wednesday, Rubin staff members attended the preliminary proposal presentations, and gave their initial feedback for each team of designers. It is a valuable exercise for all involved, as the museum is able to hear a host of new ideas about how to experience the museum, and the students are able to consult with current museum professionals and receive extensive feedback on their work. The Exhibition Design course seems rigorous and the presentations were, on the whole, imaginative and well-thought out. It will be a pleasure to return later this winter for their final presentations.
Pictured here are many of the students from the course, the professor Norman Bleckner, and Rubin Museum staff members: Marcos Stafne, Andrea Pemberton and Laura Lombard.