Curatorial director, capital expansion exhibitions project. National Civil Rights Museum (2000-2002).
Nine years after the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis consecrated the site where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, civic leaders and its Board determined the institution had to expand to address civic, strategic and public perception challenges. Although the core museum heralded milestones in “the struggle” the proximity to a still blighted neighborhood that bore the hurtful scars as a site of assassination raised questions from visitors about a crime that the museum, and by extension Memphis, were not addressing.
To confront these new interpretive challenges, the city and museum raised capital funds to extend the visitor experience from the core museum. The new facility embraces both the historic building where the assassination plot allegedly unfolded, and a “campus” dedicated to the global legacy.
Todd Palmer directed curatorial implementation for 12,800 square feet of exhibitions, facilitated a national scholarly peer review panel, supervised content research, development and editorial processes, and provided editorial direction for media, audio and interactive creative production teams that were threaded through 16 discrete exhibitions designed by Ralph Appelbaum Associates.