Marconi & RCA Centennial: Bolinas Museum Exhibitions
Four new exhibitions inspired by the history of wireless radio in West Marin will be displayed at the Bolinas Museum from June 7 through August 17. Join us for intimate and informative previews and a public reception with the artists and curators on June 7.
Time: 1 pm to 5 pm on Fridays; noon to 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays; or by appointment.
- Wireless Giant of the Pacific: 100 Years of Maritime Radio in West Marin
Main Gallery. Curated by Carola DeRooy, Archivist, Point Reyes National Seashore.
Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937), inventor of wireless radio, constructed powerful Pacific coast stations in Bolinas and Marshall in 1914 to connect his round-the-world services across the Pacific. After WWI the Radio Corporation of America obtained the sites and commercial maritime radio services continued until 1997. Today the historic stations are part of Point Reyes National Seashore partnering with the Maritime Radio Historical Society to keep the legacy alive. This exhibition presents a 100-year look at the development of wireless radio technology still widely used today and highlights historic events that transpired at the Marshall, Point Reyes, and Bolinas stations.
- Code Humpback: An Installation by Charles Lindsay
New York artist and first Artist in Residence at Palo Alto's SETI Institute (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Charles Lindsay presents a multi-media installation commissioned by the Bolinas Museum in honor of the Marconi Centennial. Composed of sound, video, and sculptural elements Code Humpback explores encrypted languages and forms of communication inspired by Morse code transmissions originating from the Bolinas Marconi/RCA station and recent inter-species communications discoveries lead by SETI Institute scientist Laurance Doyle.
- Swept/Up: New Work by Wayne Campbell
Coastal Marin Artists Gallery.
Bolinas sculptor Wayne Campbell will create new work inspired by, personal history and hand built hidden wireless radios developed by American prisoners of war in order to connect with the outside world.
- The Influence of Marconi & RCA in Local Communities
History Room. Curated by Elia Haworth.
The Marconi station installation in 1914 and the arrival of RCA in 1919, and later expansion in 1939 had a profound impact on the communities of Coastal Marin. This exhibit will share personal stories of families and individuals whose lives were entwined with these companies.
Location: Bolinas Museum
Address: 48 Wharf Road; Bolinas, CA 94924
Radio has played a significant role in the history of West Marin since Marconi built the first wireless stations at Bolinas and Marshall in 1914. Discover the ways the West Marin community is planning to celebrate this history and the legacy that continues to make radio part of our lives, past and present on our A Centennial Celebration of Marconi & RCA Wireless Radio in West Marin, 1914-2014 page. Stay tuned to KWMR 90.5 in Point Reyes and 89.9 in Bolinas, or online at kwmr.org for more details about upcoming events, interviews, and programming celebrating 100 years of radio in West Marin. For more information about any of the events, contact Carola DeRooy at 415-464-5125 or by email.More »