Guidelines for the show as a whole:
-Music/sound in each room related to the exhibit (art museums are too quiet and awkward, for the love of God, please someone talk in more than a whisper)
EXHIBIT 1: Theme Park Concept Art Room
Architecture, more like Art-chitecture. From building design to city planning, Architecture is a very special yet underrated form of art. Growing up in the 80s and 90s in theme parks, I saw many new attraction previews, saw the tear down of classic rides and the construction of new entertainment lands, rides and districts. Inspired by this art, designing themed lands is my dream career. This exhibit seeks to inspire other dreamers.
There is specific beauty and magic in concept art for themed worlds often not seen by the public. So here in this exhibit the visitor can experience the attraction previews of both living and lost themed worlds, as it resurrects the concept artwork from attractions from around the world, past present and future. From concept art and architectural drafts, to glass cases, and possibly 360 panos (for newer designs), guests can see the many forms of artistic design that have shaped these entertaining destinations.
SOUND: low hum of theme park crowd
EXHIBIT 2: Dog Portrait Hall
Of the dogs, by the dogs. Specifically poodles. More specifically celebrities and their poodles. This room will feature prints of celebrities including Liberace, Natalie Wood, Sandra Dee, Winston Churchill, Joan Crawford, Debbie Reynolds, Walt Disney, Sophia Loren, Mary Tyler Moore, Babs, Lucille Ball…to name a few from a list I have been collecting for years. Poodles tend to have a bad rap, often judged by their insufferable hairstyles, presumably arrogant and snooty attitudes and sometimes for their surly dispositions. Since the dawn of the doodles and schnoodles and other mixes, the poodle has, in recent years, become more on the applauded side of the spectrum. But alas, those of us who have applauded the poodle all along come together to celebrate in this portrait
My poodle growing up had a portrait of Walt Disney and his poodle right above his water dish, for daily inspoo-ration. In that same vein, all of the prints will be at medium-sized dog level for all 4-legged visitors to enjoy. In front of each portrait will be a large dog bed for owners and their dogs to rest and enjoy the surroundings.
SOUND: low hum of the sounds of a dog park
EXHIBIT 3: The Haunted Hall
Most of my childhood was spent seeking thrill through scary stories and hoping to one day experience an apparition. There may have been an instance where something paranormal was experienced. All relics come with a story. For those like me seeking an adrenalin push from hearing these stories, they can enter this room to find items from around the world that have haunted people. Each relic comes with a story. This room will be dark with spotlights illuminating the works around the room. The room will also be dead cold, with the AC pushing a chill into those entering the space.
SOUND: low hum of wind and the crackling that leaves and sticks make when someone walks slowly through the forest in the fall.
EXHIBIT 4: Ladies of Art & Design: Mary Blair & Alice Davis
Mary Blair and Alice Davis played an important role in the visual imagery that shaped the childhoods of many. Blair was an artist for Disney with her own unique style. (Her artwork recently had a show that toured the US and Japan.) She worked alongside the 9 Old Men, the original animators at the Disney Studios. She certainly paved the way for women artists in that industry and her artwork certainly shaped the boxes that I am unpacking here.
Alice Davis is an artist turned costume designer who designed costumes for Pirates of the Caribbean and Small World, among others. Although more known for her costume design, Alice is a phenomenal artist dating back to her toddler days and this exhibit aims to show the world more of her art that the public has yet to experience and also touch on some of her costume pieces. She has been a mentor and a true inspiration along my journey and holds a special place in my dream art show. This collection will be on loan from the Alice Davis Archives, and although some of her walls may be bald for the duration of the exhibit, hopefully they will fill in the bald spots of creativity for those who get to view her work.
Both women played a role in the creation and design of It’s A Small WorldI attraction at the Disney Parks.
SOUND: mixture of instrumental french cafe music and bossa nova
EXHIBIT 4: Zen & Strokes: A Walk Through Japan
And here we reach the grande finale of the dream art show, a two-fold exhibit that allows the guests to escape the big city. Japan has been part of my life since I was 8 years old and now matter how far I run or try to escape it, it has actually become my escape and sense of serenity.
Visitors enter this space through sliding shoji doors but can only enter once they remove their shoes at the genkan (entrance) and put on slippers (provided but optional). The main room, set up like a traditional Japanese home with tatami floors, is a gallery of calligraphy on scrolls and various types of paper. I studied Japanese calligraphy for a number of years. It is an exact art of finesse and repetition and only the most trained eye can be the true judge of the strokes. The artwork is commissioned from Shuuji (calligraphy groups) around Japan, the US.
As the visitors reach the back of the gallery they can slide the second set of shoji doors and exit the building into a traditional rock landscape garden that is found at many temples in Japan. They can hang their feet over the and experience whatever they can from being taken out of the moving world for a bit.
SOUND: Enka music played on a shamisen, sometimes live, sometimes a recording