Author: Kurtis

Personal – NYC – American Museum of Natural History

Alright,

Less than a week left so you’ll see a little bit of a last minute sprint here to get everything I still want to see/do into these last couple days. I started at the American Museum of Natural History.

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Quite the lobby entrance…

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This is the Hayden Sphere, it’s used as a size reference when they talk about the universe in terms of distance that you can actually comprehend.

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Inside the sphere is a video about the formation of our universe and how scientist measure distances/time…all narrated by Liam Neeson “I don’t know who Quasars are… but I will find you and…”.

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Obligatory elephant shot, anything not related to elephants is irrelephant.

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These displays/dioramas were conceptualized by a man named Carl Akeley in 1909. He saw that a lot of landscapes and species were disappearing back then and they had to preserve them for future generations. The interesting thing about these is the glass is actually tilted toward the viewer so you don’t get any reflections when looking inside each one.

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Canada made the cut, [insert moose joke here].

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I’m an adult and still went to the dinosaur floor, no shame.

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Museum walking is tough work so I headed over to the Burger Joint in the Le Parker Meridien Hotel by 5th Avenue. The Hotel is a really high scale affair (similar to the Fairmont Pacific Rim) so I was a little shocked when I walked in and found this. Still a great burger and shake though!

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The 5th Avenue Apple store.

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Huge doesn’t even begin to describe it, this is just 1 corner of the floor space they have underground.

Apple Store 5th Ave. NYC

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Professional Development – “125th: Time in Harlem” Photobook Talk

Alright,

I attended a talk sponsored by the SVA Photography Department about Isaac Diggs and Edward Hillel‘s recent collaboration “125th: Time in Harlem”. The talk was MC’ed by Vicki Goldberg of the New York Times and Vanity Fair. Here’s little bit about the project;

“125th: Time in Harlem examines Harlem’s paradox of place: the tension between the everyday reality of its streets – often contentious, always complex – and the cultural brand it has established in our collective imagination.

The project includes the book, exhibitions, and a series of public programs. The project’s aim is to extend the experience generated by the photographs through exchange and public participation at events and forums. Our hope is to encourage reflection on the past and future of Harlem, New York and other urban centers in rapid flux, and to explore the roles that artists and cultural thinkers play in imagining and shaping our communities.” – 125th: Time in Harlem

Through the whole presentation it was interesting to see the change in the neighbourhood as they kept going back to the same places over a number of years to document the change in the neighbourhood.

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The most interesting part to me was when they started talking numbers and how you fundraise for a project like this. Their recommendations included;

  1. Work under the umbrella of a Non-Profit, in their case it was NYFA. Adds legitimacy.
  2. For larger scale fundraising make limited edition print runs for corporations that might be interested. You can sell 20-40 books to a company.
  3. Find a community cheerleader (helps with everyone-is-scared-to-be-the-first-to-jump-in-the-pool-syndrome)

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