Moviehouse NOLA

Moviehouse NOLA was a pop-up museum-quality exhibition in downtown New Orleans (Nov 2013-Feb 2014). The pop-up exhibition, geared towards anyone who loves the movies, tells the stories of the forgotten movie palaces that once made New Orleans "the Broadway of the South." We brought together historical renderings, artifacts, signage, and ephemera alongside contemporary art, to explore the impact these spaces had and continue to have on New Orleans’ cultural landscape. Viewers interacted with hands-on displays and immersive oral history collections, while the location itself, only a few blocks from Canal Street, continued the story both before and after a visit. This project was a soup-to-nuts endeavor between BRUNO and Pelican Bomb.

BOOM! — a puffing gun pop-up

Commissioned by the Museum of Food and Drink as their first traveling exhibition, BOOM! celebrates the origins of puffed grain by showcasing the puffing gun, which uses just a little bit of water and a lot of churning pressure to turn grains and beans into puffed wonders. BOOM! premiered at Summer Streets in New York City in Summer 2013. We worked with MOFAD to create a punchy and engaging narrative with their research lead, guiding their on-site volunteer docent staff and lead physical design and fabrication—all in 3 weeks. Quite a record! Graphic design by Labour, who also created the MOFAD identity. 

Christmas Tree Memorials

A little project we did, basically memorials for christmas trees thrown onto the street for trash pickup. Every year they look so sad on the sidewalks, here's one last homage to their month of service for our holiday season.

"Grand by Design," the centennial of Grand Central Terminal

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.

Loie Fuller

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.

Empty Space Madlibs in New Orleans
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2 killer podcasts about museums

Listicle style! We've enjoyed both programs immensely and are excited that both exist for the field and the museum-loving public.

A pop-up about our pop-ups

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

Interview with Maurice Sendak

A wonderful talk with Maurice Sendak by Tate Modern....