The Cultures and History of the Americas
The Cultures and History of the Americas Overture Video
LocationJefferson Building, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Exhibition DesignRiggs + Ward
The motion graphics in this overture video weave together the rare books, maps, documents, paintings, prints, and artifacts featured in the exhibition it introduces.
This looping introductory video showcases dozens of highlights from the early Americas collection, accompanied by a Flamenco guitar score and rich motion graphics on a 50" plasma display. This exhibition was a preview of the permanent Exploring the Early Americas exhibition which features the Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress.
Press & Awards“Two New Shows Cast Light and Darkness on Early Cultures in the Americas,” The New York Times, Edward Rothstein, March 5, 2008
There are also touch screens with narrations and images, along with displays of exceptional documents, including the only known copy of a famous 1507 map: the first to show the New World’s continents and the first on which the name America appears.“Exploring the Early Americas’: A Sense of Continent’s Direction,” Washington Post, Cathryn Keller, December 26, 2007
Turn to the adjacent interactive monitor to rotate a beautifully detailed image of the vase, which you can enlarge and move around with a touch of the finger...Eight mural-size paintings, called ‘The Conquest of Mexico,’ depict Hernán Cortés’s 1519–1522 mission of subjugation. Created by an unknown artist in the last quarter of the 17th century, the paintings glorify the Spanish empire. They include detailed sub-scenes set into the large drama, like sidebars telling the back story—just as the accompanying interactive displays illuminate the events and characters portrayed in the work.
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- Motion Designer
- Alphonse Swinehart
- Production Artists
- Martin Linde, Joseph Marks
- Quality Assurance
- Marti Johnson
- Exhibit Design
- Riggs Ward