In collaboration with Grand Opening, we created an exhibition to honor one of New York's most iconic spaces. The Transit Museum commissioned this exhibition and in doing so made it possible to use Grand Central itself as the site. Projections highlight architectural details while giving quick hits of factual information for the 750,000 visitors that stream through Vanderbilt Hall every day. (That's a fact.) The exhibition was installed February 1, 2013—April 1, 2013.
In 1891 she went on tour with a melodrama called "Quack MD," playing a character who performed a skirt dance while under hypnosis. Fuller began experimenting with the effect the gas lighting had on her silk skirt and received special notice in the press. Her next road tour, in a show called "Uncle Celestine," featured this new version of the skirt dance. By emphasizing the body was transformed by the artfully moving silk.
One reviewer described the effect as "unique, ethereal, delicious...she emerges from darkness, her airy evolutions now tinted blue and purple and crimson, and again the audience...insists upon seeing her pretty piquant face before they can believe that the lovely apparition is really a woman."
Fuller was an inventor and stage craft innovator who held many patents for stage lighting, including the first chemical mixes for gels and slides and the first use of luminescent salts to create lighting effects. She was also an early innovator in lighting design, and was the first to mix colors and explore new angles. Fuller was well respected in the French scientific community, where she was a close personal friend of Marie Curie and a member of the French Astronomical Society.
A support exhibition for Jill Sigman, a multi-disciplinary artist working in performance and installation, in the context of Hut #7, the seventh in a two-year series of huts built from local trash. In the words of the artist, The Hut Project is a series of site-specific huts made from found and re-purposed materials. Each hut is at the same time a structure, a sculpture, and an emergency preparedness kit in which themes of sustainability, shelter, real estate, and apocalypse intersect. Our exhibition gives context to the installation by exploring the previous six huts. The concept of reuse is central to the design of the exhibit. Playing with the materials that have been used in previous huts, the design forms a “skin” within the space, drawing the exhibit off the walls and creating an environment that envelops visitors. The environment makes use of some of the materials that formed previous huts or everyday materials, for example, highlights of ace bandages, caution tape, or plant material to draw attention to information points within the exhibit.
PLAYGROUND DETROIT is a platform bridging the creative communities of Detroit and New York. PLAYGROUND DETROIT presents music and visual art series and their website provides artists, musicians and other visitors the opportunity to exchange ideas and dialogue about the future roles of their cities in the arts world. BRUNO provides full creative services, from identity to space planning to marketing and event co-ordination.
A few weeks ago, BRUNO went to a lecture by IDEO at the Bloomberg building. The lecture was a stimulating conversation about collaboration, process, egalitarian structures that make IDEO'S methodology of combining disciplines and iterative development totally successful. IDEO specifically shared how their process defines an innovative approach to cultivating, supporting, serving entrepreneurial clients.
The “experiment without precedent”—in the words of the school’s first Annual Report, of 1903—aimed to provide “girls who must go to work” at age 14 with a few employable skills. At the time of this rare and very early promotional documentary—made in 1911 and apparently unseen for 95 years—the school still subsisted entirely on private donations, and it seems likely that the film was used in its ongoing fund-raising campaigns.
Learn more about this school and the organization that made this film available for public viewing at the National Film Preservation Foundation.
A wonderful talk with Maurice Sendak by Tate Modern....