Sunday, May 20, 2012
The Patents and Trademarks of Steve Jobs: Art and Technology that Changed the World
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.