Ana Luiza Padilha Addor, MDes in Art, Design and the Public Domain 2018

Summer 2017

Organization: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

Sponsor: Boston Community Service Fellowship Program

“The first three weeks of my internship provided a broad overview of the methodology, tools and systems used to design exhibitions here at the Guggenheim Museum. These days were important to explore the museum environment, to learn new design software and to be introduced to museum staff with whom I will be collaborating.

Because I am more familiar with the design process, during these two weeks I could focus more on designing conceptual and technical proposals. I worked on two specific exhibitions: the Thannhauser permanent collection and a major modern art exhibition opening in 2018. For the first exhibition, I was asked to propose new pedestals for bronze sculptures. With this new proposal, we met with the curator as well as the fabrication, conservation and lighting departments to check if the solution is feasible.  To check on site if the design and technical details were correct, we prepared a full scale mock-up of the proposal. This helped us to understand which adjustments will be necessary to finish the fabrication drawings.

I spoke a few times with my supervisor, Aviva, about the modern art exhibition. She asked me to produce different conceptual proposals.  I spent the fifth week reading and doing research to gain a better understanding of the theme. I also spent a lot of time analyzing other exhibitions around the world and examples of exhibition design to create an inspirational board for this project.”