Not Your Average Joe: Mr. Knozit and the Peabody Award
McKissick Museum’s “Not Your Average Joe: Mr. Knozit and the Peabody Award” exhibition has been on display at the Museum since January, 2020. Our building closures, due to COVID-19, have given us the opportunity to explore news ways of presenting our exhibits. This exhibit, curated by Graduate Assistant Hannah Patton, is one of our first attempts at making our exhibits accessible online. We’d love to know what you think in the comments below! We hope you enjoy the blog post and text panels by Hannah below.
The inspiration for the “Not Your Average Joe: Mr. Knozit and the Peabody Award” exhibit began well before there was even the possibility of a physical exhibit. During my first semester as a graduate assistant at the McKissick Museum, my position was funded by the South Carolina Broadcast Association (SCBA), and I began work in the Museum’s SCBA Archive. A substantial part of this work involved processing objects related to Joe Pinner, a South Carolina Broadcasting Legend and host of the Mr. Knozit Show for 37 years. As the semester progressed, I learned more and more about the Mr. Knozit Show and Joe Pinner, the person.
When the idea of an exhibit about Joe Pinner was presented to me, I was thrilled and thought it would be easy given the sheer amount of pictures, documents, and objects we have. Since this was my first time curating an exhibit, I learned the important lesson that more content did not necessarily make it easier to create an exhibit. In fact, it was challenging to craft a meaningful narrative about a man who has, and continues to live, such a full life. Ultimately, I focused on elements of his life, such as the Peabody Award, because it is those distinctions that make Joe Pinner undeniably “Not Your Average Joe.” I’m proud of the text panels that you’ll find below and I hope that you’ll enjoy them as we all stay home during this challenging time.
McKissick Museum is dedicated to telling the story of Southern Life, even while closed. Did you enjoy these text panels? If so, let us know in the comments. Your input will help us determine our next steps for bringing our exhibition content online.