The fourth display case in the gallery includes what museum theorist Nina Simon has called a “social object“—the content around which conversation happens, an item that functions as part of a socially networked experience. A team of students enrolled in the Visitor Engagement course created a social object for this exhibition. The object is shown above. Below is the text that they wrote about the item. Come see it on display through April 22, 2016.

The Crowning Moment,
2016
created by JESS ANDREWS, ELIZA HARVEY and KRISTOFFER VAN NOSTRAND
Paint on Plywood, Illustration Board, and Plastic
23 inches by 54 inches by 16 inches

Basketball was still gaining popularity as a professional sport in the 1950s. As the sport evolved, so too did the technology and regulations associated with it. Scoreboards of yesterday resembled the one shown here, a replica created for this exhibition. Together in one unit are elements of the history of the team—from their origins as the local club team (the Seagrams) to their 1951 NBA Championship victory over the New York Knicks which was won in Game 7 on April 21, 1951. That game was played in Rochester’s War Memorial. The final score was 79-75.

Photo credit: Scoreboard on view in the exhibition, photo taken March 23, 2016. Photo credit Juilee Decker