The Carnegie Museum of Art had a wild evening featuring the Oh Snap! Project where museum goers are invited to respond to one of the 13 photographs recently acquired by the museum- ”a collaborative project”
and the place was packed when I arrived.
When I came into the crowd I asked a nice couple, what they were in line for and they responded, “Drinks!”
I went drinkless into the gallery where the thirteen photographs were hung. Surrounding each photograph were several selections from the submissions of photographs in response to the Museum’s 13. (Oh Snap! Project explained here if you are interested in submitting your photo inspired by one of the museum’s) Everyone please consume their snacks and beverages prior to entering the gallery with the photographs on the wall.
No problem for me but others had to wait.
The gallery a bit crowded to savor and digest all the photos on the wall which is often the case with openings, receptions and events. Definitely planning a return trip to take it all in. I saw photographers I knew milling about, checking it all out. It was a vibrant scene. Abuzz. A green screen the backdrop for antics and people with props as in a photo booth. Having a blast being silly. (I remembered the Photo Booth Laura and James had at their wedding, what fun for them to pore over the images of the guests)
Then I headed to the Hall of Sculpture and I chatted with one of the photographers with a Canon on a tripod, capturing the Light Writing with the LED Hula Hoops and various swords, necklaces, and eyeglasses that glowed, sparkled and flashed. It was cool being in the Hall of Sculpture with the lights out. Definitely a Night at the Museum I told her how I worked with the hs students and we’ve done light writing in the former darkroom. How the kids love doing it and the results. We talked settings and equipment a bit and I watched the hula hoopers. The admission? FREE!
When I left, I captured the scene from the bottom of the Sculpture Garden stone stairs. You can see how the new project was well attended.
The goal is to “spark a creative response” and I would say that goal is well on it’s way to being accomplished!
If your photograph is chosen, you get a free pass for admission.
Anna is 7 today. Here is a stop animation 1 minute video I made for her, not intending to when I shot the pictures. It just spoke to me when I saw them in a folder and I thought it would work! This will take 60 seconds to load.
I remember having one c.1959. My hula-hooping skills were weak. Got some good sports photography practice capturing Anna (6 1/2) on the back deck. She can do it with very little movement or a lot of twist and sway. She even knelt and “hooped” for what seemed to me to be a long time. Maura(19 mos) clapped and yelled,” Yay Anna”. Perhaps a video camera would have been better but the objective was to show motion with a still photograph. (And I learned how to make the registered trademark symbol using the alt-R on the keyboard)