09 January 2009

Jonathan Katz Speaks about California Academy of Sciences at Events in San Francisco, Feb 27 and April 3

Cinnabar CEO Jonathan Katz, executive producer of 35,000 square feet of multimedia exhibits for the celebrated, new California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, will speak on two industry panels in the San Francisco area, Feb 27 and April 3, 2009.

Feb 27:
With the exhibits “Altered State,” (executive produced by Katz) the Academy adopted a bold stance on the issue of climate change. The panel, “Exhibitions: Experimentation, Risk and Reward,” takes place Feb 27 at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco. It addresses the rewards and challenges of experimentation and risk-taking in the museum sector – daring to try something new in a community that is traditionally risk-averse. It is moderated by Ann Marshall of the Autry National Museum. With Katz on the panel are Kitty Connolly and Karina White of The Huntington Library and Jonathan Spaulding of the Autry. This session is part of the California Association of Museums Annual Conference running Feb 25-28. More info: www.calmuseums.org.

April 3:
“The Living Building” is a by-invitation event for the design community, focusing on the professional teamwork that created this breakthrough facility. This panel discussion takes place April 3 at the Academy. It is presented by Metropolis magazine and Coalesse, and the discussion will be led by Metropolis editor-in-chief Susan Szenasy. Katz is joined on the panel by Brett Terpeluk of Studio Terpeluk (architecture), Paul Kephart of Rana Creek (ecological design), and Jean Rogers of Arup (design & engineering). More info: coalesse.com or phone 866-645-6952.

Katz brought his innovative creative approach, his green-building expertise, his efficient management style and his company, Cinnabar Inc., to the production of 35,000 sq. ft. of original, new exhibits and multimedia for the Kimball Museum of Natural History within the new California Academy of Sciences. As executive producer, Katz assembled and oversaw the creative team to develop the exhibits on a modular, sustainable scale to complement the architecture, fulfill green building criteria, minimize power usage while meeting high project standards, adhere to the Academy’s budget and timeframe, and facilitate future modification.