For those of you who study Museum Studies, it is probably no surprise that not all museums or exhibition showcase works of art. For those of you who have studied any art theory, or modern art, you might argue that our exhibition of it in a space makes it art! If you’re an industrial designer, gadgets and gizmo history is probably right up your alley.
And for the rest of us, this just might be a really cool show. The San Bernadino County Museum opened its new exhibit, Gadgets and Gizmos: Inventing the Modern World on February 14. Showcasing the tools of everyday use from the past, the museum hopes “…visitors will be inspired to contemplate all of the gadgets in their own lives, and compare them to those used by folks in years past…”
If you are from California, or have the opportunity to go to the area soon, this looks like a great show to catch. For more information, check out the museum’s web site, or this article in San Bernadino’s paper, The Sun.
But what do you think? Do you think gadgets derserve an exhibition? What kinds of implements do you think should be on display? What kinds of museums do you think would want to host such exhibitions? Science and technology museums only? What do you think artists and industrial designers can learn from such exhibitions?