When we began plans for this exhibition, we were expecting to have a typical installation of museum and archival objects with explanatory text in a gallery, along with a supplemental online component for those folks in our constituency who live too far away from New Jersey to visit us in person.
Then came COVID-19...
Given that even the possibility of an in-person opening in May 2021 was uncertain, we decided to stand our planned design process on its head: we began developing this online exhibition first, and then went on to create a physical installation of objects based on that.
The in-person exhibition opened in May 2021 and will remain up through June 2022.
We thank the New Jersey Council for the Humanities for a generous grant that made this exhibition possible, as well as all of our exhibition sponsors.
Michael Andrec (Project director, UHEC)
Nicholas Denysenko (Contributing scholar, Valparaiso University)
Zenon Wasyliw (Contributing scholar, Ithaca College)
Justin Houser (Design and text creation assistance)
Natalia Honcharenko (Director, UHEC)
Oksana Pasakas (Collections management and physical exhibition installation, UHEC)