Over the course of my tenure at PS NY, I was fortunate to have designed main exhibitions for the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY). Working very closely with curators, preparators and museum staff, we reviewed research in-depth, and then proposed design directions that fit with the theme and content of each individual exhibition. PS NY was challenged to capture the essence of artist Charles Addams with an identity, exhibition design and all related materials. We created a custom wallpaper to celebrate his signature macabre characters, twisted situations, and distorted re-imaginings of the cityscape. Visitors are encouraged to enter the exhibit by a wall size poster of a hand beckoning you into the space. This playful, mischievious spirit of the work is reflected in the space.
Samurai in New York celebrates the exchange of ideas between two cultures when a delegation of samurai came from Japan to visit America in 1860. Inspired by the dialogue between the two cultures, we created overlapping red and black bands symbolizing the exchange between the two cultures thoughout the space. We played up the original classic architecture of the MCNY with the bands weaving and leading visitors around custom designed wooden structures fabricated to hold the original objects for intimate viewing through vitrines of varying heights that created a dynamic cityscape.