The Philadelphia project is a required project of all Museum Exhibition Planning and Design majors. It asks each student to take an aspect of the city of Philadelphia and interpret it as an exhibition. Past topics have included civil rights, craft beer, protest art, urban wildlife, and more. I chose to interpret the history of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Pennsylvania Hospital, the first “Lying In Department” in the country.
The document produced is a reflection of months of research, writing, and design. At various points I was combing through hospital archives, generating artifact schedules and floor plans, modeling my space in Vectorworks, building mock ups of my panels, and ever trimming down and tightening the narrative. The result is a good start towards a project that touches on medical history, feminist history, epidemiology, and the crucial yet sometimes harmful role of pride in medical practice.
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