Review of Omeka exhibit "DOIN' IT IN PUBLIC"

Exhibit Reviewed DOIN' IT IN PUBLIC Feminism and art at the Woman's Building

By Charlie Steiner

This is one of the better Omeka exhibits I've seen, looking pretty much like a well designed web site. The headline logo, shown at the top of every page, represents its subject dramatically and with panache. The font recalls Barbara Kruger's work, which is associated with both feminism and art, and the "O" in Doin' is a variation on the well-known symbol of feminism. The typeface colors in the heading as well as the rest of the site are pink mixed with black, also obviously conveying an impression appropriate to the subject. The other colors used in the background are not so appealing to my eye, but overall there is a clean look, easy to comprehend and makes the subject quite clear.

There are five sections, and they are laid out very clearly on the home page, horizontally below the headline/logo. Each one has a short and clearly stated headline, below a square thumbnail imae which illustrates or represents the title of the section. Below the title, in a smaller font, is a phrase which is in effect a sub-headline, explaining further what is included in the section. This is very effective – both informational and esthetically pleasing. Three of the five images include words, and these are all large and simple enough so that they can be read in these thumbnails. They were very carefully chosen to not only illustrate each section but to form a good looking array on this page. Black & white images are on the far left and right, with the middle three being in color – B&W and color can easily conflict but here they all work together.

Text below the section heads adds more information about the exhibit, and includes relevant links, including a physical exhibition with which this online exhibit is connected. At the bottom of the page there are simple text links in which a one can add one's own story, find related events or "Join our Mailing List." All this is done without clutter, and is repeated at the top of the page in a more subtle way (white text on a pale color background). An unusual part of the exhibit is the first section "Share Your Story" which allows anyone to easily add to the oral history of the Woman's Building.

This online exhibit is part of the web site of a college, and it is well integrated, with links easy to find, and pages opening in new tabs so that one can check something else out yet not lose the page being examined. The content of individual pages is also clearly written, well-defined and easy to navigate. One can learn about the Woman's Building through essays, anecdotes and creative videos including performances by well-know personalities. Overall, this is a wonderful use of Omeka to create an online historical exhibit connected both to a gallery exhibit and a college website.

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