We took a quick daytrip to Philly last weekend to see Stefan Sagmeister’s The Happy Show, and despite the opening disclaimer—”This exhibition will not make you happier. Low expectations are a good strategy.”— it actually did make me happier, and I just can’t shut up about it.
It’s tempting to write every bit down from my notes, but in the spirit of spoiler-free-proselytizing, let me just tell you there is bike-riding, gum balls, and an amazing array of typography (aka my personal heaven.) But even more than the beautiful visuals, the messages were so inspiring and motivating. Brian loved that unlike many shows I drag him to, the ideas weren’t cryptic or ambiguous undertones, but the main event.
We brought our kids (who actually loved it too) but ultimately took turns so we could take our time reading, interacting, and watching the many videos installed throughout the show. Ivy lasted a bit longer than Oliver, and was delighted to receive permission to draw with the forbidden Sharpie. (Her symbol of happiness—birthday cake!)
The show closes this weekend in Philadelphia—go east coasters!—but will then move to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles for winter 2013 for you west side friends. I’m already hatching schemes to go and chase away the NYC winter blues with some LA sunshine and another dose of Sagmeister happiness.
Ely Kim is a creative genius and I have been lucky enough to count him as a best buddy since our freshman year of high school. So when he asked if I wanted to help out on a little project he was doing, I couldn’t say YES fast enough. Queens Country Farm Museum (which is a very charming place to visit, especially with kids—a real live farm in NYC!) was up for a grant from Partners in Presentation, and they requested a video to put out the word. Unfortunately I didn’t post this video in time for you to obey the veggies and vote (sorry!!) but I think its just too cute to not post at all. It was so renewing to take a day off from the computer, doodle speech bubbles, and giggle with an old friend over talking radishes.
PS—If this didn’t cheer you up, its physically impossible to not feel happy watching this.