Museums and professionals are being challenged to present topical exhibitions on traumatic themes such as mass shootings, terrorism, segregation, lynching, and racism, both current and historical. This session presents techniques employed to deal with these challenging and relevant issues in exhibitions. Highlighting and analyzing approaches to exhibitions in the atrocity/human rights field, we will spotlight constructive and effective applications. Techniques including humanizing the victim, unleashing the power of testimony, restraint in visual depictions, localization, human rights in context, and seamless transitioning will be presented through case studies. Exhibit Planning and Design track generously supported by Monadnock Media

Clifford Chanin, Edward Jacobs, Michael Berenbaum