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Teams Move

Written by Elaine Heumann Gurian

Since our exhibitions were created in teams, no member of a team had more power than any other members. We were credited at the time (along with The Field Museum) with inventing "the team approach to exhibition development." Much has been written about the team approach in the museum community, because it was intended to reduce the customary power of the curator who had held (and continues to hold) considerable sway over all other aspects of exhibition development. At The Children's Museum, we were often asked to teach the team approach, which soon became standard practice elsewhere. (Sing Hanson created "The Game" that was used as a teaching tool in many seminars.) We worked to codify a process that came naturally to us; we were not intentionally being revolutionary.

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