About The Exhibit: Beneath White Tents
The Beneath White Tents exhibit has been a work in progress for the last year and a half by multiple Truman State University courses. The Truman classes that helped work on this exhibition (curated for the Truman State University Art Gallery from a selection of objects held in the collection of Truman State University's Special Collections and Museums) were ART 345 History of Graphic Design, IDSM 360 Museums: Object and Collections Management, and IDSM 361 Exhibition and Museums: Planning and Practice. The objective was to allow Truman students to engage and work with real artifacts by creating, curating, and designing an exhibit. Originally, Beneath White Tents was scheduled to open in the Charlyn Gallery, located in the University Art Gallery on March 17, 2020. The gallery plans to showcase the exhibit at a later date, however IDSM 361 wanted to create a website in the meantime to display the objects and provide educational resources.
The objects in the exhibit “Beneath White Tents” are either property of Truman State University Special Collections and Museums or property of individuals involved in this curatorial collaboration. The photographs of those objects were taken by Tim Barcus, Truman State University Campus Photographer. Our posting of these images on this website is in no way meant to imply ownership of the intellectual rights to the content of the graphic images in the exhibit, this being an educational use. Viewer’s of the website are not granted permission to use the images without prior written consent.
The Behind the Scenes
The main concepts that we wanted to showcase in our exhibit were “The Circus is Coming to Town,” on the excitement and exoticness of the circus in small town American and “Leaving Town,” on the decline and legacy of the circus on American culture. We started this process by cutting objects and created a design plan.
Above is the original design plan
Below is the original design plan presentation that the IDSM 361 presented to the head of Truman State University's Art Gallery.