Our goals for the exhibition were to provide context and information about the mysterious ancient phenomenon of devotional graffiti, but also to communicate a sense of place and to share with visitors a sense of discovery and exploration. The Kelsey’s exhibition design team - Scott Meier and Eric Campbell - created columns to suggest those at El-Kurru. These are hand-stenciled with graffiti designs, all of which are derived from actual graffiti at El-Kurru. Eric Campbell, responsible for all graphic design work in the show, chose a dark gallery paint to evoke the temple’s subterranean, rock-cut character. Large photographs on the didactic panels and as banners highlight the setting and show the the local landscape. There is also a soundscape of a typical workday on the El-Kurru excavation, recorded by artist Florian Roithmayr.
Suzanne Davis and Geoff Emberling