The Quest Begins!

In the months leading up to the opening of the Museum at CHF’s new exhibit, The Alchemical Quest, Periodic Tabloid featured posts on alchemy and its interpretations, as well as special photo and video previews as the exhibit took shape. We are happy to announce that The Alchemical Quest opened successfully on July 2. Today, museum director Jenn Landry walks us through the installation.

Exhibit installation is one of the most rewarding parts of the exhibition planning and creation process. You start with a blank canvas and design plans and watch it all move into place and unfold into something beautiful, something beyond what you could have imagined. I’ve often thought that a time-lapse video of an installation would be fun [Jenn, you kind of got your wish!—Ed.], but some snapshots from the week will have to do.

Above: CHF staff, including exhibit curator Jim Voelkel and curator of fine art Marge Gapp, watch exhibit fabricator and installer Greg Tobias begin prepping cases for install.

Sometimes progress involves messiness.

Book mounts are prepared and placed in the exhibit cases.

The large high wall in the Hach Gallery is often a design challenge. A new system involving an aluminum frame and a graphic printed on fabric was installed for The Alchemical Quest. Above, the crew works on installing the first panel.

The Alchemical Quest includes an interactive that was developed by CHF staff and Night Kitchen Interactive. The technology is called a MonkeyBook and CHF is the first museum in the U.S. to use it. The MonkeyBook augments two of the alchemical books in the exhibit with interpretation and animation to allow visitors a quest of their own.

A view of the completed exhibit. The Alchemical Quest is open through December 7, 2012.

Jenn Landry is the director of the Museum at CHF.

Alchemical Quest Install: Two Weeks in Two Minutes [YouTube]
A History of Chemistry in Two Words [Periodic Tabloid]
How to Make History of Science Interesting: Part I [Periodic Tabloid]
How to Make History of Science Interesting: Part II [Periodic Tabloid]

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