Olson Visual works on Octavia E. Butler: Telling My Stories at The Huntington Library. This exhibition celebrates the first science fiction writer to win a MacArthur “genius” award. She was also the first African American woman to receive international recognition in this genre. “She was a pioneer, a master storyteller who brought her voice—the voice of a woman of color—to science fiction,” explained Natalie Russell, curator of the show “Tired of stories featuring white, male heroes, she developed an alternative narrative from a very personal point of view.” (http://www.huntington.org/WebAssets/Templates/calendardetail.aspx?id=23146) This exhibition is a time piece that follows the Butler’s earlier years and her influences. There are about one-hundred pieces including samples from her earlier work. Butler was born June 22, 1947 and grew up in Pasadena, California. She lost her father at a young age and was an only child. She discovered writing at an early on but her greatest… read more →
Olson Visual worked on two shows for The Huntington recently. For “Chinese Woodblock Prints” show, they installed three beautiful mesh tapestries and a large barricade. For the “Geographies of Wonder”, OV installed a colorful wall graphic which was part of the signage of the exhibition. “Geographies of Wonder: Evolution of the National Park Idea 1933–2016” is a celebration of the U.S. National Park Service. It is a two-part exhibition full of items depicting the natural treasures of our great country. This includes: travel stories, guide books, photos, maps, brochures, reports, and scientific surveys. The National Park Service has ensured over the past eighty years, that the parks will allow the public to enjoy them but at the same time reserve the integrity of nature. On view Oct 22, 2016 – Feb 13, 2017. The other exhibition that Olson Visual installed graphics for is the major international “Chinese Woodblock Prints”. This… read more →
Eight hundred years ago the Magna Carta was signed. In remembrance of this event, The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens created “Magna Carta: Law and Legend” exhibition. It features: English statutes, the Brut Chronicle, manuscripts on the Magna Carta, ealy editions of books on English law, Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, and copies of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. They depict 8 centuries of history and law centered around the Magna Carta. The original draft was lost but numerous copies were made. Only four remain. Two are in the British Library while the other two reside in the Salisbury and Lincoln Cathedral. This is the most comprehensive show on the West Coast as it tells the story of “nearly a millennium of Anglo-American legal tradition is based on the fundamental propositions that no one, whether a monarch… read more →
Out with the old and in with the new. Today, Huntington Library started the demolition on the old entrance complex originally designed by Whitney R. Smith in 1980. Huntington is preparing to build a new Education and Visitor Center slated to be completed in the beginning of 2015.
OV created the visual content for the exhibition Blue Sky Metropolis: The Aerospace Century in Southern California. This show chronicled the evolution of Southern California’s aviation from rudimentary planes found in the turn of the century to the beginning of space exploration during the Cold War.