Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Patents and Trademarks of Steve Jobs: Art and Technology that Changed the World

Where: Ripley Center

When: through July 8, 2012

The title of this exhibit says it all, it's literally a display of Jobs' patents and trademarks.  Unless you're an intellectual property lawyer, a patent examiner or a Steve Jobs/Apple fanatic, this makes for a bit of a dull show.

There are a couple of items on display, including the Apple computer pictured here, but mostly it's just patents, which are not scintillating reading.  The trademarks are displayed in a video format, but they also fail to grip.  The fact that these are all displayed on large, replicas of iPods doesn't make them any cooler.

I don't like to criticize Ripley shows, as I'm sure they have a hard enough time attracting people to their subterranean location, and they have lousy exhibit space, but this show is just not one of my favorites.  One thing I did appreciate is a 2011 quote from Jobs, "It's technology married with the humanities that yields us the result that makes our heart sing."  If only I could say the same about the show.

Verdict: Give this a miss, unless you're so devoted to Apple that anything of theirs is of interest.

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