Thanks to all of our amazing backers, WE'RE STRETCHING OUR GOAL! Every dollar over goal helps us expand our educational programming, add more images to the exhibit, and inspire creativity through historical inquiry. There are still some amazing rewards available so don't miss out. From DVDs to books to framed prints, now's your last chance to make a pledge and join the Jini Journey.
Imagine 24 stunning, large format photographs, a series of surprising fashion folio shots, and one supreme dream of 1960s-70s rock band original photos. "With a Loving Eye: The Photographs of Jini Dellaccio" is a visual delight that will open at the Harbor History Museum in Gig Harbor, Washington, then travel to museums and cultural centers across the country. It's an expanded traveling edition of a much loved 2012 exhibit of the same name, but this time with a number of never-before-published pictures presented to surprise and delight.
Couple that with Dellaccio's striking fashion folio shots once used to introduce new talent to the modeling world, and you have an extraordinary exhibit that speaks to the creative spirit in all of us.
As a true community funded museum—with no sustained source of city, county, state, or federal funding—we practically walk on fire for every dollar we receive. Just as Dellaccio connects us with the intensity of a true Fijian Firewalker, we connect you with an extraordinary collection of striking images, both tender and tough.
Your support in reaching our goal will literally make it possible for this exhibit to be made available throughout the country. It may seem simple to travel an exhibit, but there's a whole lot that goes into it behind the scenes. For example, we have to...
1. Research, digitize, and present new and often unknown Dellaccio images
2. Produce exhibition graphics
3. Construct shipping crates
4. Create program prototypes and produce them--think school visit materials, film screenings, and a special "Project Mid-Way" museum-school project for budding fashion designers and photographers
It's a lot of work to make an exhibit package that is seamless and serves a wide audience. But we can do it with your help! Some of these elements can even be sponsored activities for those who want to jump in at the sponsor level. Sponsors receive recognition for programs, events, and even exhibit elements such as our shipping crates!
The generous donation of “With a Loving Eye” has inspired a new service here at the Harbor History Museum called Traveling X—the crossroad of history and culture, time and place. It’s a traveling exhibit service that will make unique exhibits with roots in our region and branches of national significance available across the country. "With a Loving Eye" exemplifies this approach, since Jini and her husband lived in Gig Harbor for nearly 30 years, and hundreds of her most-viewed photos were shot in or on the grounds of her Gig Harbor home.
The Harbor History Museum may be small, but we're mighty. We have the team assembled with the experience, creativity, and knowledge to organize, prototype, and inspire, but we need your help to cover the real costs of production and programming. Programs like the experimental museum-school fashion design/shoot for high school students called “Project Mid-Way” will challenge teams of high school students to use Dellaccio’s fashion photography to inspire Mid-Century fashion design, put on a fashion show, do photo shoots, and finally submit photographs of their designs for inclusion in a Jini-inspired student photography show.
"The eclectic aesthetic of photographer Jini Dellaccio reflects not only the world she encountered, but provides insight into the artist herself...Dellaccio's portraits reliably reveal the dignity and compelling character of her subjects." — "With a Loving Eye" exhibit text
"She just blended in and became one of us." —S Mowry about a family portrait session.
With no children of her own, Jini connected with all those she came in contact with. Her work, compassion, humor, and innovation reflected the range of photographs she took. She loved producing large images and had a hole cut in the ceiling of her darkroom to accommodate the pre-digital enlarger of the time. And yet, her photos only tell part of the story.
Jini was, and still is, an inspiration to many. Her distinctive photographs documented the Pacific Northwest music scene of the 1960s and 70s, featuring many young artists went on to the national and international scene. The Sonics, The Wailers, Merrilee Rush and the Turnabouts, The Daily Flash, Neil Young, Luther Rabb, and The Who were among many captured by Jini's lens.
More recently, director Karen Whitehead created "Her Aim is True," an insightful documentary about Jini's life and work that many of you may have helped support. This traveling exhibit is the next iteration of sharing the Jini love. Coupled with the film—hosting venues will be encouraged to present the film as part of their public programming—the exhibit experience becomes truly transformative.
Plus, Jini was cool. She was a living example of reinvention, of vivid thinking, and her work and life continue to be an inspiration. She was a friend, a fan, a lover, and a legend.
Her photos launched careers. Her loving eye saw it all.
Risks and challenges
Launching a quality traveling exhibit and expanding it with new content and programs has its challenges, many of which are financial, but it also takes vision and skill. Museum Director Stephanie Lile has more than two decades of experience developing permanent and traveling exhibitions. She has worked for some of the nation's leading museums such as the National Museum of American History and the Getty. She and the dedicated staff at the Harbor History Museum are aware of the pitfalls that can be inherent to a traveling exhibit; What if no one books the exhibit? What if it is damaged? How do we ship it from place to place?
Being ready to address these issues is what we prepare for. That's why this campaign invites our supporters to be part of the team. Promote the exhibit to your favorite museum, library or convention center. Share this campaign with your friends, family, and fans so that we go over goal and can offer scholarships to venues in need. We may not know where this exhibit will go, but we know what we need to do to get it there.
It's the big things, like research, program development, exhibit production, and crating that pose the greatest hurdles to a traveling exhibit's success. This project is designed to tackle those costs so that we can make these striking portraits of humanity available to all.
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