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Webinar Watch + Talk: Designing for Outrage: Inviting Disruption into Exhibitions

Violent murders, rampant xenophobia, homophobia, racism, and gender and economic injustices vibrate around us. Is there a way that exhibitions can create spaces that authentically address these issues in all of their moral messiness without rushing to feel-good emotions, harmony or even empathy? Can there be space for outrage? An exploration of four sites that are innovating to startle, puzzle, enrage, delight, surprise, and evoke outrage will offer critical examples and challenges for creating exhibits that invite marginal, subversive, or fragmented narratives and that give visitors an opportunity to explore a full range of issues and emotions. Find out how you can design for outrage in your institution.

Who Should Attend

This webinar will benefit anyone involved in exhibition planning and development who wishes to learn how to improve and expand their professional practice.

How Will I Benefit?

After participating in the program, attendees will be better able to:

  • Identify practical design tools to engage visitors in the moral messiness of today’s violent times with a range of emotions from empathy to outrage
  • Prepare staff and administration to authentically host a place of disruption and controversy without it becoming co-opted, sanitized, or shut down
  • Create a learning community of practitioners focused on exploring disruption, emotion, and controversy as engagement approaches in exhibits & programs


  • Barbara Lau, director, Pauli Murray Project, Duke Human Rights Center/Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University, Durham, NC
  • Jennifer Scott, director, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum; faculty, Museum and Exhibition Studies Graduate Program, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Suzanne Seriff, director of the Gallery of Conscience experimental exhibit lab, Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, NM


  • Greg Stevens, director, professional development, American Alliance of Museums


Visit the American Alliance of Museum’s website to RSVP for this Webinar Watch & Talk event.

Webinar Watch & Talk

Watch and talk events consist of:

  • 30 minutes of pre-webcast networking
  • 90-minute live webcast
  • 60 minutes of post-webcast facilitated discussion or activity.

There is no fee for attending a local Webinar Watch & Talk event.

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Asheville Art Museum On the Slope
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