The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service’s exhibit Things Come Apart opens today at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum! Now through October 8, 2017.
Through extraordinary photographs, disassembled objects, and fascinating videos, this exhibit reveals the inner workings of common, everyday possessions. Images of dozens of objects explore how things are designed and made and how technology has evolved over time. For example, the individual components of a record player, a Walkman, and iPod illustrate the technical changes in sound reproduction over the years. As a visual investigation of design and engineering, Things Come Apart also celebrates classic examples of industrial design like the sewing machine, the mechanical pencil, and the telescope. Additionally, the exhibit explores ideas about reuse, repair, and recycling.
The exhibit embraces key STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) concepts and provides an ideal environment for hands-on experimentation, tinkering, and creative makerspaces. Through support from the Smithsonian Women’s Committee, Things Come Apart includes three hands-on Activity Kits created by the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation’s Spark!Lab; these are great activities for school and youth groups.
Things Come Apart is an exhibition organized by Todd McLellan and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). Special thanks to our local partners Eastman Foundation and Strongwell for their support of the exhibit.
Schools are invited to contact the Birthplace of Country Music to find out more about booking school visits to the exhibit. The museum will also be hosting a series of educational and engaging programs, keep an eye on the events calendar on our website www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org to find out more. For further information, you may also call 423-573-1927.
Photo: Mantel clock made by E. Ingraham in 1928. Component count: 59. Photograph by Todd McLellan.