Nothing Happens for Long

Nothing Happens For Long is a film installation by artists Jonn Herschend and Andrew Leland, which was commissioned by the Oakland Museum of California. The piece consists of a series of short films re-enacting mundane memories about being at the museum.still_OMCA It was produced with support from the James Irvine Foundation.

Nothing Happens for Long is not a parody, though it was conceived with an affectionate belief in the entertaining and comedic possibilities of serious art. The film seeks to uncover and celebrate the poetic and transformative power of a museum’s quiet, overlooked moments. Visitor stories were solicited in June 2011 and the film was shot on location in August. The project was released online over the course of six weeks. The trailer was released November 1, 2011, followed by the first installment on November 15. Nothing Happens for Long features the stories of George Chen, Sarah Lockhart, Maggie Stern, and Torreya Cummings.” (

The piece was first screened on the Oakland Museum of California website in 2011, and the full series is still available on the museum website:


Here is the trailer: