Osher Fellow • March and June, 1999; June 2000
New York conceptual artist Fred Wilson is internationally renowned for his museum “interventions.” He designs installations that examine the language and practice of museums, and what they tell us about ourselves. Fred began at the Exploratorium as an Osher Fellow in 1999. He returned for the last portion of his fellowship in 2000 to work with the Seeing exhibit team and with exhibit developers for the temporary show Revealing Bodies. As an African-American artist, he gave us much to think about in representing people of color in our exhibits, and gave a well-considered critique of Revealing Bodies before it opened. He also shared his perspective about art in the Exploratorium, and advised us on ways to help visitors place artwork in context in the museum. Fred was awarded a MacArthur “genius” award in 1999.
Kristina Hooper Woolsey
Osher Fellow • February and March 1992
Kristina holds a doctoral degree in the cognitive sciences and she subsequently went on to innovative interdisciplinary work on user experience, product design and educational policy. She joined Apple Computer in 1985 as a founding member of the human interface group and was co-founder of the Apple Multi-Media Lab. She has also taught at MIT and UCSC and has worked with Atari, LucasFilm and the James Irvine Foundation. Kristina worked with us on our use of multimedia technology and with our exhibit developers and education staff.
Osher Fellow • April 1997
Professor of teacher education at the University of Paris, Brigitte helped plan the wonderful children’s exhibit area, le Cite des Enfants, at la Villette, the French National Museum in Paris. Part of that work involved research on children and families who used the exhibits. She currently teaches elementary school teachers, and has a long-term interest in furthering ways to use science exhibits as teaching materials that connect to the French National Curriculum. She met with educational and exhibit staff to discuss her experience in exhibit development and learning research. She also worked on a project that brought a set of Exploratorium exhibits to Paris.