A team of architects, engineers and designers – including Toronto architecture firm Reich+Petch – has won the American Alliance of Museums 2016 Excellence in Exhibition Award for their exhibition Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations.
The AAM Annual Excellence in Exhibition Competition recognizes outstanding achievement in the exhibition format from all types of non-commercial institutions offering exhibitions to the public. The competition was sponsored by the following Alliance Professional Networks: Curators Committee (CurCom); the National Association for Museum Exhibition (NAME); the Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation (CARE); and the Education Committee (EdCom).
Nation to Nation at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC, is an 8,000-square-foot exhibition that explores an important part of US history–the evocative story of the United States’ relationship with American Indian Nations.
Treaties, the agreements at the heart of this complicated relationship, had incalculable effects on the lives of American Indians and shaped the Nation as we know it today. This is the first museum exhibition to tell the story of Indian treaties on a national scale and will remain open through spring 2020.
The Jury noted that: “The Excellence in Exhibition chose this exhibition as an ‘Overall Winner’ for the front end evaluation and comprehensive narrative woven into a rich combination of beautiful design and organized content.”
This was a highly collaborative process with input from a variety of professionals. The team included Reich+Petch, Hadley Exhibits, Available Light, SH Acoustics, Electrosonic, EwingCole, The Protection Engineering Group, People Places Design and Research, in collaboration with the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI).
Photo courtesy of Reich+Petch