One of the—if not the—most influential set designers in history, Charles Lisanby was integral in developing color television, as we know it today. Along with designing the first telecast in color for CBS—an episode of a 1957 musical show called The Big Record—Lisanby helped develop techniques that expanded the possibilities of what sets could look like. Among these were a means to use neon without producing a buzzing sound, lighted steps, and large block letters that actors could sit on. Over his nearly fifty-year career, Lisanby became inarguably the most influential scenic designer ever.
In light of Charles’ incredible accomplishments, as well as the generous contributions of him and his family to JMU over the years, the Skyline Museum is proud to announce the opening of Mentor to an Icon: A Charles Lisanby and Andy Warhol Exhibit on Monday, January 23rd.The exhibit will highlight Lisanby’s most important contributions to the arts of television and scenic design, as well as introduce his relationship with Andy Warhol. Central to the exhibit will be an innovative iPad application that will allows visitors to interact with the art pieces, view interviews and videos of and about Lisanby, and learn more about the individual works exhibited. By checking out one of the ten iPads available at the Museum, visitors can to make their way through the virtual gallery and explore the exhibition on their own terms. Within the app, the stereotypical museum request to “not touch or disturb the artwork in any way” is wholly destroyed. On the contrary, visitors to Mentor to an Icon will be encouraged to click, spin, zoom, move, and interact with every piece in the show, as well as with several objects that are not physically present in the gallery. This incredible display of art, television and technology—which is also the grand opening of the new Skyline Museum on the ground floor of Festival Conference Center—will only run through March 2nd, so be sure not to miss it! Skyline Museum is open M-F from 10am-4pm in the Festival Conference and Student Center room 1108.
*Now available on Android phones and tablets!
*Increased performance and app stability!
*New menu interface!