Jewish Museum: Russian Theater

The exhibition design for The Jewish Museum’s exploration of Jewish European theatre in the twentieth century physicalizes the curatorial program and its linear, narrative methodology. The design molds interior space to establish an arc of experience mimicking the unfolding progression of a theatrical display. The show begins with a darkened room intended to suggest the theatrical “black box”. As a viewer moves through the gallery spaces, each of which tells the story of a single play, the rooms get progressively lighter, culminating in the show’s climax: the murals of Marc Chagall. From this focal point, rooms begin to darken, providing a denouement for the exhibition and its impressive retelling of history.