Where does all that fun, curious stuff in museums come from?
Here’s a backstage tour that surveys one studio’s origins, history, and creative output.
Click BIO to trace themes in Jeff’s life that matured into a creative career.
The exhibitions listed below trace a career spanning some 42 years and 77 projects.
Much gratitude to the many who helped bring this to life.
USS Silversides Submarine Museum, Muskegon, MI
exhibition design & fabrication – Memorial Day 2013
Franklin Motor Car Collection
Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners, MI
exhibition design & fabrication – May 2010
Edwin Carter Museum
Breckenridge Heritage Alliance, Breckenridge, CO
exhibition design & fabrication – March 2009
2001 – 2007
Holland Museum, Holland, MI
exhibition design – April 2007
Justice Learning Center
Michigan Supreme Court, Lansing, MI
exhibition design & fabrication – October 2002
1998 – 2000
Roundhouse Backshop, Greenfield Village
The Henry Ford, Dearborn, MI
exhibition design & fabrication – June 2000
1994 – 1997
How We Live With the Sun
Arizona Science Center, Phoenix, AZ
exhibition design & technical fabrication – April 1997
The Great Tomato Works
Lake Metroparks Farmpark, Kirtland, Ohio
exhibition design & fabrication – July 1995
Hall of Ideas
Midland Center for the Arts, Midland, MI
renovation masterplanning & exhibition design – November 1994
The Gift of Rights to Children
UNICEF, United Nations, New York, NY
exhibition design – August 1994
Jeff Bernstein Exhibition Design, Inc. incorporated in Michigan in June, 1994.
Before that, Jeff Bernstein had been a partner in Rogow + Bernstein, a Los Angeles based exhibition design and fabrication firm established in May, 1977.
1990 – 1994
Exhibition Development Symposium
The Henry Ford, Dearborn, MI
lectures on exhibition design — August, 1993
Saint Louis Zoo Exhibits
Saint Louis Zoo, Forest Park, Saint Louis, MO
exhibition design — July, 1990
National Museum of American History
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
masterplanning & exhibition design — May, 1990
1985 – 1989
Science Place, Fair Park, Dallas, TX
exhibition design & fabrication — May, 1988
Cincinnati Bicentennial Commission, Cincinnati, OH
exhibition design — April, 1988
1981 – 1984
Chips & Changes
Association of Science – Technology Centers, Washington, DC
exhibition design & fabrication — March, 1984
1977 – 1981
U. S. Information Agency, Washington, DC
exhibition design — May, 1981
California Office of Appropriate Technology, Sacramento, CA
exhibition design & technical fabrication — July, 1978
Before co-founding Rogow + Bernstein in May, 1977, Jeff Bernstein had worked on several exhibition and industrial design projects for other firms.
In addition to design work, Jeff developed experimental art projects and, until 1973, was a physiological psychology PhD candidate at UCLA.
1974 – 1977
Singapore Science Centre
Herb Rosenthal & Associates, Los Angeles, CA
masterplanning & exhibition design — December, 1977
California Museum of Science & Industry, Los Angeles, CA
Bruce Burdick & Associates, Los Angeles, CA
exhibition design — February, 1975
1968 – 1973