After a year of planning, and one of building, Silver Plume Exhibitions reached the end of the beginning for Dinosaurs Take Flight: the Art of Archaeopteryx (DTF). DTF was conceived by Alanna Magovern, Nicholas Regester, Luis V. Rey, Gary Staab, Julius Csotonyi, and William Stout while at the 2013 Society of Vertebrate Paleontology annual meeting in Los Angeles. Through the next few months Alanna and I enlisted the additional award winning artistic talents of Dennis Wilson and Mark Hallett. We refined the concept for our paleo-art exhibit and created Silver Plume Exhibitions LLC. to build and tour an exhibit “at the intersection of art and science.”
Dinosaurs Take Flight was presented to Yale Peabody Museum in the summer of 2014, and with their excitement and exhibit design team we were able to work the concept into a feasible exhibit model. Over the next year and a half, Alanna and I traveled from our home in Silver Plume, CO as far as Germany and British Columbia, with many stops in between. We studied the Archaeopteryx, Solnhofen quarries, and German Museums; we interviewed artists and paleontologists; we prototyped and tested cases, signage, labels, and storylines; and we came up with what we built into DTF.
Come spring of 2015, I hid myself in the wood shop, as Alanna did in the office, and we began construction of the current incarnation of DTF. With the help of innumerable friends and family (too many to thank in a blog post) and while welding and printing up to the last possible moment (as per usual) Alanna and I emerged. We loaded the truck and headed to the Kenosha Public Museum in Kenosha, WI with our new exhibit. The installation went as painlessly as a first installation can and the exhibit looks beautiful in their gallery.
“The introduction section alone is worth the price of admission. Everything else is just icing on the cake.” -Thomas D. Carr, PhD, Director, Carthage institute of Paleontology
Thank You!! all who helped and will help and host in the future. Producing this exhibit has been a wonderful experience.
Nicholas and Alanna