Workshop: Exhibition Installation 101
Presenters: Erica Popp and John Do for Yeyo Arts Collective
Prepare the art:
Wire + eye hooks or D-rings
If possible, make sure the wire is the same distance from the top of each frame when pulled taut.
Determine how you are going to hang your artwork (nails & hooks or hanging system)
Special considerations: weight/size of work vs. hanging options
Design/curate the show:
What story do you want to tell?
Select pieces that tell that story.
Lay work out on the floor to see how the pieces look together/work together
Decide on the placement.
Measure the length of the wall
Measure artwork horizontally
Add all horizontal artwork measurements together
Subtract total measurement of artwork combined from total wall measurement. What you’re left with is the available space to put between the artwork.
(total wall) - (total artwork) = (available space between work)
Divide the (space between work) measurement and divide by the number of spaces including the space between art and walls.
______________ = (space between work)
(number of spaces)
Step 2: Height
Choose your center point: usually 60" (but you may prefer higher or lower)
Measure art height (vertical)
Divide by 2
Measure distance from taut wire to top of frame
Subtract from vertical artwork measurement after dividing by 2
Add 60” (or whatever your center point ends up being)
Measure and mark
Start at the edge of the wall and measure in the (space between work) measurement
Add half the horizontal artwork measurement
Mark the height from Step 2
Put a nail and hook in it. (or hanging system hook)
Hang the art and check that it’s level
Repeat measuring from the edge of the newly hung artwork
Remove the artwork
If you have a hanging system, you’re finished! Congratulations. If you put holes in the wall, proceed to next bullet
Remove nails as carefully as possible, especially with plaster walls
Congratulations on your show!