Marconi & RCA Wireless Radio Centennial Celebration Events

Marconi & RCA Wireless Radio Centennial Celebration Events

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 1:00am to 8:00pm

Join us for a series of special events honoring,The Centennial Celebration of Marconi & RCA Wireless Radio in West Marin, 1914-2014. Radio has played a significant role in the history of West Marin since Marconi built the first wireless stations at Bolinas and Marshall in 1914. Come discover the history and the legacy that continues to make radio a part of our lives, past and present. PRNSA is proud to partner with the National Park Service, the West Marin Community and many other partners to bring this story to life this April through September. 

Upcoming events are listed below, but a full schedule of events can be found here.  All events are open to the public and free unless otherwise noted. 

Marconi & RCA Centennial & KWMR 15th Anniversary Exhibits

Date: Tuesday, April 1 through Wednesday, April 30 
Location: Toby's Feed Barn Art Gallery; 11250 Hwy. 1; Point Reyes Station
Description: Visit this exhibit for an introduction to 100 years of local radio history, from the first transmission across the Pacific to contemporary community radio. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 5, from 2 pm to 4 pm.

Paper Work: Signals and Signs, an installation by Joan Grubin

Date: Saturday, April 5 through Friday, June 13
Location: Commonweal Gallery; 451 Mesa Road; Bolinas; 415-868-0970
Description: New York artist Joan Grubin's large-format paper and tape installation is a visual manifestation of dots and dashes, specifically designed for the New School, Commonweal Gallery space. Inspired by the Commonweal mission and informed by its facility's history as a Marconi/RCA radio station, the work deploys a visual vocabulary that suggests a system of technology, circuitry, and energy harnessed to fling signals out into the void, in hopes that someone, somewhere, will receive the messages.

Bolinas Museum Exhibitions

Date: June 7 – August 17, with opening reception June 7
Location: 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas, 415-868-0330,, 415-868-0330

Exhibition Previews and Public Reception
June 7, 2-5 pm, Co-hosted by Point Reyes National Seahore Association

Join us for intimate and informative previews with the artists and curators at 2pm and for a  public reception at 3 pm to celebrate the opening of four new exhibitions inspired by the history of wireless radio in West Marin. Exhibits include:

Wireless Giant of the Pacific: 100 Years of Maritime Radio in West Marin
Main Gallery. Curated by Carola DeRooy, Archivist, Point Reyes National Seashore
Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937), inventor of wireless radio, constructed powerful Pacific coast stations in Bolinas and Marshall in 1914 to connect his round-the-world services across the Pacific. After WWI the Radio Corporation of America obtained the sites and commercial maritime radio services continued until 1997. Today the historic stations are part of Point Reyes National Seashore partnering with the Maritime Radio Historical Society to keep the legacy alive. This exhibition presents a 100-year look at the development of wireless radio technology still widely used today and highlights historic events that transpired at the Marshall, Point Reyes, and Bolinas stations.

Code Humpback: An Installation by Charles Lindsay
Photography Gallery. New York artist and first Artist in Residence at Palo Alto’s SETI Institute (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Charles Lindsay presents a multi-media installation commissioned by the Bolinas Museum in honor of the Marconi Centennial. Composed of sound, video, and sculptural elements Code Humpback explores encrypted languages and forms of communication inspired by Morse code transmissions originating from the Bolinas Marconi/RCA station and recent inter-species communications discoveries lead by SETI Institute scientist Laurence Doyle.

Swept/Up: New Work by Wayne Campbell
Coastal Marin Artists Gallery. Bolinas sculptor Wayne Campbell will create new work inspired by, personal history and hand built hidden wireless radios developed by American prisoners of war in order to connect with the outside world.
The Influence of Marconi & RCA in Local Communities

History Room. Curated by Elia Haworth
The Marconi station installation in 1914 and the arrival of RCA in 1919, and later expansion in 1939 had a profound impact on the communities of Coastal Marin. This exhibit will share personal stories of families and individuals whose lives were entwined with these companies.

Night of Nights

Date: Saturday, July 12

Location: RCA Building, 17400 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
Learn more: Night of Nights with the Maritime Radio Historical Society

For more information about any of the events, contact Carola DeRooy or call 415-464-5125 for more information.

Click her for a special Field Institute class on the Marconi/RCA station lead by Bill Ruck.