Saturday, January 19, 2008

Exhibition Catalog: American Sabor (2007)

Experience Music Project opened a new exhibition called American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music on October 13, 2007. It was curated by Jasen Emmons and the exhibition was designed by Ken Burns. I was fortunate enough to be able to design the catalog. It is 40-odd pages, saddlestitched, with deep "french flaps" on the front and back covers. It was a challenge to design because all of the text was bilingual, English and Spanish. The english text of course came rather late, and the translations later, so there were lots of last minute layout freakouts. There were many artifacts pictured in the catalog and in order to promote the idea that these aren't just images, but archival, physical artifacts, I clipped out each image and did a slight drop shadow on the images. All in all, I think it turned out beautifully.