Tech Art 2: The Projection Story

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Tech Art 2

As the digital age progresses, film projectors are becoming historical artifacts from cinema’s past. This new exhibition cast them in another light: as exquisitely designed, remarkable objects of beauty.

This exhibition at the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study celebrated the often-overlooked craft of projection, highlighting over 30 full-color images shot from 2009 to early 2012 by photographer Vince Gonzales. His work captures artifacts from the Academy’s Richard O. Bartel Collection (one of the world’s most comprehensive collection of projection equipment), the USC Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive and Paramount Pictures. Projectors and equipment were also displayed alongside Gonzales’s photographs.  

Although projection is a simple concept, it has gone through considerable changes over the past century, adapting to breakthroughs in technology as well as advances in sound formats, film gauges and lighting. "Tech Art 2" provides an opportunity to see and understand this aspect of the cinema experience, which involves not only projection but also showmanship.

Tech Art 2
Tech Art 2: The Projection Story catalog

A softcover catalog of images from the exhibition is available for purchase. For details, contact or call (310) 247-3000, ext. 1185.

Free Gallery Events
Photographer Vince Gonzales and Academy Museum Collections Manager Julio Vera led a free Gallery Talk on Saturday, May 5 at 2 p.m., highlighting items in this exhibition.

On Sunday, May 6 from 2-4 p.m., the Academy offered, at no charge, the services of a mobile flipbook studio. Guests had the opportunity to shoot a short video, which was then printed out in a series of still photos and bound into a custom flipbook in minutes.

Viewing Information

March 29, 2012 - May 6, 2012
Foyer of the Linwood Dunn Theater

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