Hull of a House

Tantalizing Texts


For us at the Hull-House, the NEH process is an exciting one, a dynamic two-way exchange of thought and practice. We’re engaged in a range of topics, and look to research to frame our ideas and actions. Sometimes the literature is serious, sometimes irreverent but always impassioned about the issues. A passion about our work and Jane Addams’ legacy is something we hope to get across in the new exhibit.

Here are some texts we are currently perusing about the (sometimes quirky) topic of wall labels:

Lavine, Steven D. Exhibiting Cultures: The Poetics and Politics of Museum Display. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian, 1991.

Schaffner, Ingrid. “Wall Text.” What Makes a Great Exhibition? Paula Marincola, ed. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, 2006.

Serrell, Beverly. Exhibit Labels: An Interpretative Approach. Walnut Creek, Lanham, New York, and Oxford: Altamira Press and Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 1996.

Yau, John. “Please Wait by the Cloakroom.” Out There: Marginalization and Contemporary Cultures, ed. Russell Ferguson, Martha Gever and Trinh T. Minh-ha. New York: New Museum of Contemporary Art, 1990.