The Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center Exhibition
Design 221 was a class based around the Community Book Project at UC Davis. For 2018-2019, the Book of Joy, was chosen. It is a conversation between the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, written by Douglas Abrams. For the class, our cohort put together an exhibition based on Joy. For my part, I was deeply impressed by the intimate and playful connection between these two wonderful men. I wanted to highlight this relationship through words, but in an approachable and quickly digestible way. Worried that too many words in a bookish format would be a roadblock for visitor engagement, I took actual conversations (word for word and tease for tease) and input them into a text-based format. Emoji’s were a perfect representation of the way these two elders played and teased with one another.
That said, I also wanted to display the depth of suffering and struggles both of these men had gone through. For this, I created a pop-out history box inside a text. For visitors unaware of the history of each men, these provided an opportunity for context and to show how joy is not circumnstantial–people that struggle and suffer can still be joyful.
Below is a small collection of images from the Mondavi Center Exhibition.
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