A historical exhibition of Richmond’s most obscure and prolific company curated by Noah Scalin opens at Gallery5 on September 1. With objects from the collections of 30+ artists and music from League of Space Pirates, Flashlight Tag, and Maximum Zero.
What if a huge and powerful corporation existed right under your nose and you never knew it was there? Meet Übercorp. Since its formation in 1887 by a German immigrant here in Richmond, VA, Übercorp has been a powerful force in the pharmaceutical world. And yet, despite its long history – and forays into myriad side ventures – Übercorp has been off the radar for the general public. Indeed you may have been using their products for years without even realizing it, unless you noticed their little octopus logo.
Now however, thanks to the work of curator Noah Scalin and over 30 collectors of Übercorp memorabilia Gallery5 is pleased to present 130 Years of Übercorp: 1887–2017; the first ever historical survey of this influential corporation. This unprecedented collection of objects – from personal artifacts of company founder Albrecht Über to recent marketing materials & prototypes – presents a fascinating insight into the truly unique work that has been done by Übercorp and the surprisingly long reach of its various tentacles.
“Everyone here at Übercorp is so happy for the public to finally get a greater insight into our wonderful company and the great things it’s done for Richmond and the world!” Übercorp’s press representative Randall Quarterlock expressed the company’s enthusiasm about the show. “After the regretful destruction of our own archives a few years ago, we never imagined a show like this would be possible!”
The exhibition features items from the collections of notable Richmonders as well as Übercorp fans from around the world including: Kelly Alder, Dale Brumfield, Nico Cathcart, Phil Cheney, Brad Choma, Eric Collins, Madonna Dersch, Julie Elkins, Freehand Profit, Mike & Lindsay Garrett, Nicole Gomez, Ed Harrington, Thomas Heinrichs, Adam Juresko, Meena Khalili & Brent Dedas, Bizhan Khodabandeh, Philip Kightlinger, Diane Leonard, Coryndon Luxmoore, Tom Megginson, Liana Mensch, Mikemetic, Sam Moll, Leah Palmer Preiss, Denton Pretorius, Adarsh Ramakrishnan, Keith M. Ramsey, Oura Sananikone, Savage Apparel Co., Morgan Sawyer, Ross Trimmer, Betsy VanDeusen, Marc Van Gurp, Liam Ward, Steven Warrick.
The show opens on First Friday, September 1 and will feature musical performances by Maximum Zero, Flashlight Tag, and League of Space Pirates – which was inspired by one of Übercorp’s most unusual creations.
130 Years of Übercorp: 1887–2017
curated by Noah Scalin
September 1–28, 2017
200 W. Marshall St. Richmond, VA
About Übercorp - http://Ubercorp.biz/
Founded in Richmond, Virginia in 1887 as patent medicine company by German immigrant Albrecht Über (1864–1965), Übercorp has gone on to become one of the most far reaching corporations in American history. And yet few people are familiar with its long and varied history. Beyond its ongoing role as a well-respected, privately held pharmaceutical manufacturer Übercorp has been pioneering in media and entertainment from publishing to music to film & television production; experimented in satellite communications and had a foray as a internet provider. It is currently focused on its burgeoning commercial space exploration program and plans for asteroid mining. One of its oddest creations, “League of Space Pirates” began as a series of science-fiction pulp novels published by Übercorp Publishing in the 1960s. Eventually adapted into a 1986 movie of the same name, League of Space Pirates had some minor success, but was quickly forgotten by the mainstream, though a cult following does still exist and toys, comic books and other merchandise from the film do still turn up from time to time. Today Übercorp’s subsidiaries range from fast food to construction and it’s not always obvious when you’re using one of their products – unless you spot that ubiquitous tiny octopus logo lurking in more and more places.
About Noah Scalin - http://NoahScalin.com/
Noah Scalin is an artist, author and activist. In 2016 Noah became the first ever artist-in-residence at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business. He is creator of the Webby Award winning project Skull-A-Day and founder of the League of Space Pirates band. His fine art has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally, including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Mütter Museum and Krause Gallery in NYC. His work has been featured in dozens of publications including Fast Company, Hi-Fructose, Juxtapoz, Beautiful/Decay, USA Today, The Telegraph, and the New York Times. Noah co-runs Another Limited Rebellion, an art & innovation consulting firm, and is a sought after public speaker on creativity. He is the author of six books, including most recently Creative Sprint – which he co-wrote with his sister/business partner Mica Scalin.