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Museum Exhibit design . . .

Museum Exhibit – Curtis/Forbes

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. . . realized that I have been involved with gallery and museum exhibit design for more than 35 years . . . so the past two months have been exciting.

Thursday started out at Urgent Care (0100)

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. . . turned out to be the a mild case of the flu . . . 5 and 1/2 hours later, it was time to get out of bed and get ready to meet the Museum Director at the lumber/hardware place to get paint and painting supplies for the gallery.

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. . . my new Pocket Pal was in the mail box, so I had something to read for a few minutes before going into the store, and loading up on the paint and such.

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. . . then I hung around town and visited with Dr. Rob until the frame shop opened so I could pick-up the E. S. Curtis prints. I gave Rob a pre-exhibition look at the Curtis prints, then I got on the to the Museum.

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When people see photographs and 2D graphics before they are framed, they are always astounded by the visual effects of a good mat and classy frame. The guy (Ron) who did the frame job i.s very good, and the photogravures look AWESOME!!

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. . . wrapped in plastic, just like your 1950’s living room sofa and chairs . . .

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. . . some related items from the Museum collection that will be included in the exhibit:

Folding cameras . . .

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Tri-X and Agfa-Ansco sheet film . . .

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Contact printing frames.

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Thursday I deliver another set of prints to Ron

Walking tha blog . . .

So the photo exhibit I’ve been working on, officially launched today with an article in the local rag . . . photos of 4 of the Curtis prints that will be in the exhibit and text from correspondence between me and the Museum director . . .

The following text is what was supposed to be published, but wasn’t . . . Uh hunh!

“The Curtis/Forbes exhibit, titled “1000 Words or More . . .”, anchors the first in a series of proposed collection-based photographic exhibitions at the Eastern California Museum.

The exhibition is a new direction for the museum, one that integrates process and the history of a process – a new approach to the concept and development of museum exhibitions.

Guest curator Richard Stewart, working in collaboration with the Museum staff, and a network of colleagues, is organizing the exhibition, which is slated to open to the public in March 2011 and run through February 2012.”

Next activity on the schedule is painting the walls and the floor of the exhibit space . . . taped 9 photocopies if the Forbes images on the wall to get a sense of scale for the final exhibition prints –

The above is an Andrew Forbes image, shot in a studio setting . . . is very similar to a Curtis image, but showing cultural adaptation . . .

Museum Exhibit Design . . .

. . . just finished delivering some Edward S. Curtis photogravures for matting and framing . . . so-o-o WTF?? what does Edward Curtis photogravures have to do with anything?

In December 2010 I agreed to develop an exhibit for the Eastern California Museum, a small regional museum in eastern California . . . and, not everyone gets the opportunity to frondle prints generated from negatives of such a well known photographer, let alone DESIGN and install an exhibit that will include photographs of another lesser know regional photographer, Andrew A. Forbes.

The Eastern California Museum recently was the recipient of 30 Curtis photogravures, donated by the Moore Family Trust . . . although the prints are restrikes of the original gravure plates, the acquisition is a significant addition to the Museum’s photo archives.

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Several years ago, I was fortunate to view a number of volumes of “The North American Indian” at the Cleveland Natural History Museum while doing some consulting work for the museum in Clevland OH . . . and again, while doing some exhibit planning at the Southwest Museum in Los Angleles CA.

Here are some “snaps” of the work-in-progress, and a link if you’re interested in more information . . .

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The photgravures that were donated to the Eastern California Museum consist of NW Coast, Alaska and Plains subjects, with one image from the SW . . .

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. . . body piercings ain’t nothing new . . .

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Pictures at an Exhibition that is . . .

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Part One

A visual study of the making of a maquette for an exhibit of photogravures – I’ve enlisted the assistance of some Star Wars action figures to give the model a sense of scale . . . the design project was documented using the Hipstamatic camera app on my iPod Touch . . . yeh, I could have used the default camera setting, but I decided to pay some homage to Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures At An Exhibition“, and give the process a bit of atmosphere, hence the space-y photographs.

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Part Two: The Jury . . .

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“The Jury” was photographed with the default iPod camera.

Part Three:The exhibition “opening” . . .

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Part One and Three were shot with the Hipstamatic photo app – John S lens and Kodot “film”. If I get too “hot and heavy” with the “Hipsta” app, it has a tendency to crash, but it recovers and reloads in about 1 second, so no problem.