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Museum Exhibit Producer Jonathan Katz Speaks about California Academy of Sciences at Two February Events in San Francisco


In February, 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.

Related: Cinnabar company profile / Collaborate, Design, Engage, Succeed! An Interview with Jonathan Katz

“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 Feb 13 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: or phone 866-645-6952.

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:

About the California Academy of Sciences
Since its Sept 27 reopening in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the new California Academy of Sciences has been widely celebrated and critically acclaimed for combining striking aesthetics with standard-setting green design and innovative exhibits. This $488 million, 400, 000 sq. ft. LEED platinum facility is home to Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium, Kimball Natural History Museum, and world-class research and education programs – all under one living roof. More info:

About Jonathan Katz

Jonathan Katz is a Los Angeles-based producer, concept developer, fabricator and consultant serving museums, themed attractions and retail as well as film and television. His signature approach is one of integrated creative management – applying the tools and techniques of experiential entertainment, and the efficient business production models of the film and television industry, to the development of exhibits, multimedia and built environments that engage, entertain and educate modern audiences. He founded Cinnabar Inc., in 1981.

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.

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Photos: Joe Fletcher

See also:
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