Leaving Home

Leaving Home

In 2016 I curated the exhibit Leaving Home, with Modupe Labode and Emily Beckman, as part of the Voices from Central State series. Here is the exhibit description:

Built in the 1840s to treat people diagnosed with mental illness, Indiana’s Central State Hospital closed in 1994 after a spate of scandals regarding patient neglect. “Leaving Home” explores the hospital’s final years (1988-1994) through two patient-produced newsletters, The DDU Review and The Local Bahr. These sources provide a rich narrative guide to patients’ lives at Central State during the era of deinstitutionalization.

We developed the exhibit, which consisted of 12 2’x3′ panels, during the summer of 2016 with the assistance of Alysha Zemanek and Vickie Stone, then recent graduates of IUPUI’s Museum Studies and Public History programs.

See images of the exhibit guide (which came folded, brochure-style) here:

Leaving Home was on display at the Indiana Medical History Museum from November 10, 2016-March 31 2017 and at the Indianapolis Central Library April 11-May 14, 2017.

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