Caroline Geys Design Studio is honored to share the second mural collaboration with the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures for the Backdrop: An Invisible Art Exhibition.
In a fitting tribute to the outsized impact that movies can have on our lives, the double height Hurd Gallery features the exhibition Backdrop: An Invisible Art, which spotlights a monumental backdrop—the iconic Mt. Rushmore backing from Hitchcock’s North by Northwest—considering both its artistry and its contested imagery.
Backdrop: An Invisible Art is organized by Senior Director of Curatorial Affairs Doris Berger and Collections Curator Nathalie Morris, with support from advisors Cecelia Fire Thunder, Karen L. Maness, John Pohl, Tom Walsh, and Robert M. Yellow Hair.
Vanessa McKenzie, Exhibition Graphic Design Manager at the Academy Museum, conceptualized the design of the murals. Caroline executed the sketching, taping, and painting of the murals on each wall. Imee Alba, Caroline’s assistant, supported her with taping and painting the murals. The project is located on floor 2 and 3 of the museum and totals six walls of 110 white horizontal and vertical lines.
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is the largest museum in the United States devoted to the arts, sciences, and artists of moviemaking.
Designed by Pritzker Prize—winning architect Renzo Piano, the Academy Museum’s seven floors feature exhibition spaces, education and special event spaces, a conservation studio, a café, and a museum store. In addition, the museum’s 1,000-seat David Geffen Theater and 288-seat Ted Mann Theater will present a year-round calendar of screenings, film series, member programs, panel discussions, family programs, and symposia.
Exterior aerial photo: Joshua White on behalf of the Academy Museum
"I have to thank Caroline for her impeccable talent with a paint brush and willingness to collaborate with a perfectionist like myself. She helped make my vision come to life in seven on-site murals for two different exhibitions. Hire Caroline for all your mural needs or literally anything. I’m sure she’d nail it. She’s also very good at doing cost breakdowns."
Vanessa McKenzie, Exhibition Graphic Design Manager | Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
“Mega congrats to you for your masterful work!!!"
Doris Berger, Senior Director of Curatorial Affairs | Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
“We loved working with you Caroline!!"
Shraddha Aryal, Vice President, Exhibition Design and Production