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MuseLab Exhibit Celebrates "Museality"

The Kent State University School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) announces a new exhibit in the MuseLab wall gallery: “Museality.”

“Museality” is intended to be the signature installation that explores the core mission of the MuseLab — a creative and collaborative space for thinking, doing and learning about museal things.  

In addition to being the first exhibition in the lab that directly addresses the concept of museality, this is also the first one to be curated by a faculty member since the MuseLab opened in September 2013. SLIS Assistant Professor Kiersten F. Latham, Ph.D., who directs the MuseLab and also conducts research on the relationships between humans and physical objects, curated this exhibit.  

“Museality” is also the first MuseLab project involving extensive collaboration outside of Kent State. In order to fully explore the concept of museality, actual artifacts, ranging from art to science to history, were needed. (The MuseLab is not a collecting facility.) Partners include the Kent Historical Society Museum, Cummings Center for the History of Psychology and local community members, as well as Kent State School of Art Galleries.  

“While this exhibition may seem small in size, it is a large in terms of planning, research, and coordination of content,” Latham said. “Subtle changes will occur throughout the year, and we hope you will watch for them. For you, as the visitor, it is a chance to think outside, around and over the box.” Objects featured in the exhibit will change frequently, Latham said, so visitors should come back often.

Situated on the third floor of the University Library, in the School of Library and Information Science, the MuseLab consists of two exhibit spaces (a main gallery inside and a wall gallery outside) and a well-equipped work area. Its mission is to generate and inspire research on museality; to provide an atmosphere of innovation, creation and collaboration among faculty, students and the community; and to allow students in the School’s museum studies specialization to put into practice skills and concepts they have learned in courses.

Installations can vary from quick prototyping projects to more traditional gallery exhibitions. The MuseLab is built around Design Thinking principles of observation, collaboration, fast learning, visualization of ideas and prototyping; it is a methodology for innovation and enablement.  

The MuseLab is open to visitors Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A new exhibit will open in the main gallery on April 15. Watch for details to come.  

For more information, visit https://www.kent.edu/slis/muselab. To watch a video about the MuseLab and a recent exhibit there, visit http://bit.ly/MuseLabVideo2014.