"Bob Hope and American
Variety," is an overview of the evolution of American variety
entertainment from vaudeville to television, seen through the career
of Bob Hope and others. We created an atmosphere that is theatrical,
rich, and many-layered. The space was divided into roughly chronological
thematic areas indicated by marquee lights and rear-illuminated
headings. The cases were designed to subtly suggest a stage with
parted curtains. Interactive audio-visual stations offer audio recordings
and clips from Vaudeville shows, motion pictures and television.
One of the exhibition highlights--the "Joke File"--enables
the visitor to select a category and view jokes from Bob Hope's
collection of 80,000 pages of material. In designing this exhibition,
our intention was to produce a means of presentation that was as
lively and entertaining as the subject matter.