RIME is a museum exchange program for facilitating the movement of traveling exhibits between small museums and cultural centers worldwide.
RIME is a way to bring disparate communities together and foster learning about one another through the exchange of traveling exhibits. The idea is modeled on the practice of larger museums, who use such shows to promote awareness of their institutions and their missions outside the local community, and to draw local museum-goers back by exhibiting work from other communities. We believe that traveling exhibits from smaller museums can be as powerful or perhaps more so, as they foster connections between diverse peoples and varied historical eras through the shared language of visual history, oral history, traditional and contemporary art, and personal passion. In 02016 EbM is engaging several institutions in an initial one-year program serving as a proof-of-concept.
Main Street Museum is hosting one of our prototype displays, and currently showing a traveling exhibition from the Russian River Historical Society, based in Guerneville, California, USA
Currently participating institutions are
The Main Street Museum in White River Junction, VT
The Russian River Historical Museum in Guerneville, CA
Obracadobra Arts Center in Oaxaca, Mexico
The Museo dell’Informatica Funzionante (The Museum of Working Computers) in Palozzolo Acreide, Sicily, Italy,
West Chicago City Museum in West Chicago City, Illinois, USA
The No Show Museum, an online and traveling museum based in Switzerland
Each institution is creating a traveling exhibit to share with the other institutions. Initially, these will include photos and text. In subsequent years the program will grow and add venues, and the displays will include small objects framed and vitrined, as well as one tablet device with headphones, so that slideshows, videos, audio, and other media may be exhibited. We hope to eventually engage larger institutions and galleries (such as the Smithsonian, The Met, and universities) in this process, creating an avenue for discussions of history and culture across communities of all sizes.
To make this feasible for participating organizations, RIME designed the small display case you see here. Most participating organizations then customize the display to fit the esthetic of their space. This display is small enough to fit even the smallest of cultural spaces, and provides a regular template for development and display of exhibitions for the many institutions we envision participating.
We believe that exhibition exchange between smaller museums of all sizes – and in particular the local institutions that enliven communities across America and the world – helps to create connections between disparate communities and to inspire deep time thinking.
For RIME, we are currently designing a contained space that all venues can use for presenting the shows (speculative images next page.) The basic form is a three foot cubed international-style sculpture crate. The crate sits atop a small table and opens out. The base of the crate, sitting atop the table, will be a flat horizontal space for objects and works that do not hang. The front will be removed. The two sides will unhitch from the bottom and swing out 120 degrees providing nine feet of vertical exhibition space that takes up only six feet of floor space. The top of the crate will hinge out and swing up to provide an additional three by three vertical display space. We are working with all of our participating organizations to create shows that fit this blueprint, and are straight-forward to install. Our first exhibition arrived recently from Russian River.