The Haffenreffer Museum Student Group’s first meeting of the year was held on September 11th, serving as a general introduction to the group and the group’s plans for the year, with a special focus on the upcoming Cameroon exhibit.
Laura began with a quick introduction to the group and what we did with a slideshow that she had put together. We then began brainstorming for the coming semester/year. Proposed events, some of which the group has previously held, include a gala, movie nights, a speaker series, trips to local museums/historical libraries, kids’ days, and evening open hours. These extended hours would serve to allow greater access to the museum for those who are busy during normal opening hours, and would potentially also serve as the biweekly meetings of the HMSG.
We then got into the details of the upcoming exhibit, previously known as Rulership and Revelry: Images of Power in Grasslands Cameroon, which will be opening on November 15th. This may seem to be far in the future (or not, depending on your perspective…), but we have a very strict timeline to follow in order to have everything be ready on time.
First, we went over changes that had been made to the plan for the exhibit since the last meeting of the group/over the summer: some objects have been changed, the theme was refined, and the CultureLab wall was added. We then discussed how the delegation of tasks was going to unfold—whether individuals would be responsible for certain things, if panels would be the result of group efforts, etc.
Next, Laura explained the plans for each individual panel, which will be as follows:
B: Geography and Regional Identity
C: Stools and Rulership
D: Pillars and Window Frames—Creating Space
E: Ndop (perhaps to be combined with Panel D)
F: Commoner’s Stool
G: Palm Wine Gourds
H: European-style Chair and Colonialism in Cameroon.
Finally, we spent some time working out what the new title will be, and ended up with “Images of Power: Rulership in the Grasslands of Cameroon”. We also began writing a first draft of the PR blurb, which was due on the 16th.
Our next meeting will be with the museum staff on Friday the 27th at 2pm, in the museum, to talk about label guidelines and exhibit layout.
Things to keep in mind: If you haven’t already, please fill out the when2meet that Laura sent out so that we can set up an official meeting time. Please sign up to write a CultureLab label if possible, and don’t forget to keep adding any research to the GoogleDocs. Also, get your museum membership if you haven’t yet—as a Brown/RISD student it’s free, and it gets you into over 200 museums in the US, Canada, and abroad for free or reduced admission.