Center for Creative Connections

Description:

A new interactive learning environment at the Dallas Museum of Art designed to stimulate visitors' curiosity and creativity, and engage visitors with works of art in new and personally meaningful ways. 

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<p>The complete inaugural installation of C3, <em><a href="http://dallasmuseumofart.org/Dallas_Museum_of_Art/Discover/c3/ID_213598" target="_blank">Materials and Meanings</a></em>, presented premiere artworks from the museum's collection, as well as a number of installations related to materials. Here, visitors interact with and leave their responses to the Materials Wall.</p>

The Center for Creative Connections (C3) contains a variety of interconnected spaces, including an installation gallery, an art studio, a tech lab, a theater, a space for interactivity, and a space for toddlers. This early conceptual map places potential experiences within the original space.

<p>The complete inaugural installation of C3, <em><a href="http://dallasmuseumofart.org/Dallas_Museum_of_Art/Discover/c3/ID_213598" target="_blank">Materials and Meanings</a></em>, presented premiere artworks from the museum's collection, as well as a number of installations related to materials. Here, visitors interact with and leave their responses to the Materials Wall.</p> thumbnail
<p>The complete inaugural installation of C3, <em><a href="http://dallasmuseumofart.org/Dallas_Museum_of_Art/Discover/c3/ID_213598" target="_blank">Materials and Meanings</a></em>, presented premiere artworks from the museum's collection, as well as a number of installations related to materials. Here, visitors interact with and leave their responses to the Materials Wall.</p>

C3 was developed over 4 years, in an iterative process that included mock-ups and prototyping. The first prototype installation, called the "White Lab," experimented with different types of exhibit and visitor-voice techniques.

<p>The complete inaugural installation of C3, <em><a href="http://dallasmuseumofart.org/Dallas_Museum_of_Art/Discover/c3/ID_213598" target="_blank">Materials and Meanings</a></em>, presented premiere artworks from the museum's collection, as well as a number of installations related to materials. Here, visitors interact with and leave their responses to the Materials Wall.</p> thumbnail
<p>The complete inaugural installation of C3, <em><a href="http://dallasmuseumofart.org/Dallas_Museum_of_Art/Discover/c3/ID_213598" target="_blank">Materials and Meanings</a></em>, presented premiere artworks from the museum's collection, as well as a number of installations related to materials. Here, visitors interact with and leave their responses to the Materials Wall.</p>

In this "Looking Closer" activity, originally developed by Douglas Worts at the Art Gallery of Ontario, visitors could spend time looking at one work of art, guided by an audiotape, and then leave their responses to the experience.

<p>The complete inaugural installation of C3, <em><a href="http://dallasmuseumofart.org/Dallas_Museum_of_Art/Discover/c3/ID_213598" target="_blank">Materials and Meanings</a></em>, presented premiere artworks from the museum's collection, as well as a number of installations related to materials. Here, visitors interact with and leave their responses to the Materials Wall.</p> thumbnail
<p>The complete inaugural installation of C3, <em><a href="http://dallasmuseumofart.org/Dallas_Museum_of_Art/Discover/c3/ID_213598" target="_blank">Materials and Meanings</a></em>, presented premiere artworks from the museum's collection, as well as a number of installations related to materials. Here, visitors interact with and leave their responses to the Materials Wall.</p>

Visitors could vote on their favorite label style.

<p>The complete inaugural installation of C3, <em><a href="http://dallasmuseumofart.org/Dallas_Museum_of_Art/Discover/c3/ID_213598" target="_blank">Materials and Meanings</a></em>, presented premiere artworks from the museum's collection, as well as a number of installations related to materials. Here, visitors interact with and leave their responses to the Materials Wall.</p> thumbnail
<p>The complete inaugural installation of C3, <em><a href="http://dallasmuseumofart.org/Dallas_Museum_of_Art/Discover/c3/ID_213598" target="_blank">Materials and Meanings</a></em>, presented premiere artworks from the museum's collection, as well as a number of installations related to materials. Here, visitors interact with and leave their responses to the Materials Wall.</p>

The complete inaugural installation of C3, Materials and Meanings, presented premiere artworks from the museum's collection, as well as a number of installations related to materials. Here, visitors interact with and leave their responses to the Materials Wall.

<p>The complete inaugural installation of C3, <em><a href="http://dallasmuseumofart.org/Dallas_Museum_of_Art/Discover/c3/ID_213598" target="_blank">Materials and Meanings</a></em>, presented premiere artworks from the museum's collection, as well as a number of installations related to materials. Here, visitors interact with and leave their responses to the Materials Wall.</p> thumbnail
<p>The complete inaugural installation of C3, <em><a href="http://dallasmuseumofart.org/Dallas_Museum_of_Art/Discover/c3/ID_213598" target="_blank">Materials and Meanings</a></em>, presented premiere artworks from the museum's collection, as well as a number of installations related to materials. Here, visitors interact with and leave their responses to the Materials Wall.</p>

At the Materials Bar, visitors experiment with an assortment of stuff. Videos of hands making things encourage visitors to get involved.

<p>The complete inaugural installation of C3, <em><a href="http://dallasmuseumofart.org/Dallas_Museum_of_Art/Discover/c3/ID_213598" target="_blank">Materials and Meanings</a></em>, presented premiere artworks from the museum's collection, as well as a number of installations related to materials. Here, visitors interact with and leave their responses to the Materials Wall.</p> thumbnail
<p>The complete inaugural installation of C3, <em><a href="http://dallasmuseumofart.org/Dallas_Museum_of_Art/Discover/c3/ID_213598" target="_blank">Materials and Meanings</a></em>, presented premiere artworks from the museum's collection, as well as a number of installations related to materials. Here, visitors interact with and leave their responses to the Materials Wall.</p>

People can display their creations for others to see.

<p>The complete inaugural installation of C3, <em><a href="http://dallasmuseumofart.org/Dallas_Museum_of_Art/Discover/c3/ID_213598" target="_blank">Materials and Meanings</a></em>, presented premiere artworks from the museum's collection, as well as a number of installations related to materials. Here, visitors interact with and leave their responses to the Materials Wall.</p> thumbnail
Date:
2004 – 2008
Client:
  • Dallas Museum of Art
Roles:
Conceptual Designer, Design Process Facilitator
Footprint:
12,000 square feet
Venue:
  • Dallas Museum of Art
Collaborators:
Bonnie Pitman, Gail Davitt