Building a Faux Cabaret for the Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Exhibition

Building a Faux Cabaret for the Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Exhibition

Here’s a quick behind the scenes look at assembling a faux cabaret for the exhibition. Much of it was built and painted off-site and what you see here are the steps to assemble. It’s amazing how the most minimal of materials can give such a grand impression. We wanted to space to be dark and intimate so you’ll notice that we cover the windows with a dark blue vinyl to match an adjacent blue wall to mimic a sense of early evening at dusk. It was not entirely pleasant taking the vinyl off the east facing windows as much of the adhesive was left behind.  Nothing that a lil orange cleaner could solve, but still, not pleasant. The rest of the windows were covered in heavy drapery and the number of light cans were reduced and used only as spot lights that were screened down.  Finished cabaret images to come soon…


Matt Isble

I have more than seventeen years of professional development in the area of exhibit design and installation, working for a variety of institutions and private clientele from Carmel California to Portland Oregon. I received my masters degree in Museum Studies with an emphasis in education and interpretation from John F. Kennedy University. In my current capacity at the Crocker Art Museum I direct the exhibition design and work with both the curatorial and education departments to create engaging museum experiences for visitors. Specialties include: Exhibition design, project management, chief preparator, lighting design, volunteer coordination, and facilities management.

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