If you are a music fan of Paul Simon, you will need to check out the in-depth exhibition that peers into the life and career of this American legend. On display at Skirball are videos and artifacts brought in partly by the private archive. One of the objects on view is his guitar from when he was thirteen. Other things include: pads of yellow papers that he would write down his lyrics including ‘Mrs. Robinson’, fan letters, music sheets for ‘Bridge over Troubled Water’, and a music lab. His story is quite amazing. Simon was born in Queens and later met Tom Wilson (from Columbia) who helped launch his career. The first Single Wednesday Morning 3 A.M.,’ bombed but Wilson reworked the song ‘The Sound of Silence’ with drums and electric sounds which became a smash hit. Unfortunately, Simon didn’t consider it to be his music. Olson Visual created many… read more →
Olson Visual worked on Chasing Dreams, an exhibition at Skirball that explored how minority communities changed the history of baseball. From Sandy Koufax to Fernando Valenzuela, Jackie Robinson, and Roberto Clemente. They changed to game by breaking boundaries in the game. Players that changed the status-quo. Visitors will find moments of triumph and baseball superstars. It also highlights scouts, team owners, amateur players, and journalists. The story begins with the Civil War era and ends on present day. Olson Visual created numerous graphics for the exhibition. Check out these images of the murals, wall graphics, and signage. Chasing Dreams April 7–October 30, 2016 Skirball Cultural Center 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90049 http://www.skirball.org/exhibitions/chasing-dreams-baseball-and-becoming-american Save Save Save
Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution is a retrospective exhibition of the legendary Bill Graham. He is one of the most recognized stage promoters of all time and a major influence of the 60’s era of music. He helped launch the careers of many famed musicians including: the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Led Zeppelin, and the Rolling Stones. Most of them started at his well-known Fillmore Auditorium. More than four hundred objects were burrowed and placed on display. They show the milestones of rock and roll history from Jerry Garcia’s “Wolf” guitar to Janis Joplin’s tambourine. They represent the milestones of the cultural revolutions. Some of the exclusive pieces come from personal collections that have never been placed on display. While other items included iconic posters from the era and personal scrapbooks of Graham’s. 2015 marks the fiftieth year of Graham’s first-ever concert and the first… read more →
It is the beginning of a new year and we look back at 2014 with a Los Angeles Architectural Award for Interior Public Space and having worked on some of the most talked about shows. This includes: Diane von Furstenberg: Journey of a Dress, Take It or Leave It: Image, Ideology at The Hammer Museum, The Getty Graffiti Black Book, Dwell on Design at the LA Convention Center, and Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats at the Skirball Cultural Center to name a few. Olson Visual Museums continues to grow in Art, Design, and Architecture while creating the best quality graphics. Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology was an exhibition at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. It was an important historical show that included artists working in art appropriation and mass-media. One of the most notable was Barbara Kruger who created a large piece in the entry… read more →
Step into the imagination of illustrator and author Ezra Jack Keats when you visit Skirball’s Cultural Center’s The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats. It has around 80 works of art. Keat’s sketches, paintings, collages and eve the full-rendered illustrations are included. The Snowy Day show was first organized by The Jewish Museum in New York and traveled around until it’s final spot, The Skirball. Keats was an author who was experimental in his stories for children. All of his characters were from multiple ethnic environments in urban areas. At that particular time, most of the books focused on kids from the countryside. Keats, himself, was from a family of Jewish immigrants. He was raised in East Brooklyn, one of the poorest locations in New York. He always wrote about what he knew and from his own experiences. His award-winning book The Snowy Day focuses on a… read more →
Opening in October, the Skirball Cultural Center, will open the final two buildings with the amazing architect, urban planner, theorist, and urban planner Moshe Safdie. The complex is located in the Santa Monica Mountains and is considered one of the country’s prominent Jewish cultural institutions.
Olson Visual has spent the past year forging new frontiers in the graphic industry. They become G7 certified and continue to pledge their green initiative by installing a photovoltaic system on the roof of their offices. When looking back upon the projects of 2012, OV has participated in some of the most memorable and historical shows to date. Here are some highlights of 2012:
What is G7? Developed by IDEAlliance, G7 produces the most consistent color reproduction by balancing the grays. Visible colors of magenta, cyan or yellow appear when images are unbalanced. This is commonly known as “casted” images. G7 allows the printer to adjust the luminance visibly without test strips or tedious percentages as used in other methods. It displays the colors to the press operator exactly what the color should look like. It duplicates the exact color every time, making G7 the most efficient driving force for accurate color and duplication. This application enables OV to reproduce a visual match between different imaging systems using simple procedures.
With state of the art graphics, Olson Visual creates a unique experience to compliment the most amazing exhibitions nationally. Recently, Olson Visual produced striking wall graphics at Skirball Cultural Center’s “Women Hold Up Half the Sky”. Banners were also carefully stretched to create a circular shape into an audio display. This interactive show allows the viewer to hear the accounts of brave women around the world.
“Women Hold Up Half the Sky” is the present exhibition at Skirball Cultural Center that explores the current situation of woman’s rights and health in a global scale of inequality that inspires change and movement. The critically acclaimed book “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” was written by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn that inspires this progressive exhibition. You can listen to the survivors who have changed their lives with education, finances and independence while glancing at the vibrant imagery that captures this transformation.