One of the many projects Jean Tschanz-Egger, the Head of Design at the Tang Teaching Museum, makes are the titles displayed on the wall at the start of each exhibition at the Tang. Like the exhibitions, each title design is different and crafted to reflect the specific themes in each show. For the new exhibition Energy in All Directions, she faced a unique challenge: How to create a design that reflects an exhibition that brings contemporary art from the Tang collection together in dialogue with objects from the Shaker Museum to celebrate the life and legacy of artist and gallerist Hudson (1950–2014).
Her solution? Combine the past with the cutting-edge.
The past arrived in the archives of Hudson’s gallery, Feature Inc., which opened in the 1984 in Chicago. The gallery’s original homemade letterhead features chunky, hand drawn letters that can look like wood joinery. The letters recall the Shaker craftsmanship on view in the exhibition that includes tables, chairs, cabinets, a walker and a wheelchair, all made of wood.
The cutting-edge came thanks to the IdeaLab: The Skidmore College Makerspace. Darren Prodger, IdeaLab’s manager, introduced Tschanz-Egger to one of the makerspace’s newest pieces of high-tech equipment: a Glowforge Plus laser cutter.