As O.J. Simpson counts the days until freedom, an LA gallery plans to squeeze more miles out of “The Juice” — with a pop-up museum dedicated to the fallen gridiron great.
“The OJ Simpson Museum” exhibit will run from Aug. 18 to 22 at the Coagula Curatorial Gallery in Chinatown, featuring a treasure trove of artifacts connected to the 70-year-old’s infamous 1995 murder case.
Papagan said that had it not been for his acquittal in the brutal killings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her pal Ron Goldman, he’d be “just another washed-up football player.”
The museum will include a white 1994 Ford Bronco, the same kind that Al “A.C.” Cowlings drove with O.J. in the back seat as he led police on a slow-speed chase watched by 95 million TV viewers.
Papagan called the so-called “trial of the century” a “pop culture phenomenon.”
“It was a historical event — something that we all lived through,” he said. “”The trial has been excessively documented by the media, but we only have the trial’s perspective. I wanted to tell the people’s version of the story.”
In addition, the exhibit will include souvenirs, sports memorabilia, a collection of bootleg Simpson T-shirts and Juice-inspired art.
Mat Gleason, a curatorial gallerist at Coagula, told the LAist website that he and Papagan bonded over their shared fascination with the case.
“Adam is really young,” Gleason said of his 20-something collaborator. “I’m 52 and I lived through the O.J. case and even wrote about it a couple times while it was happening for a zine I published and for the LA Downtown News.”
Not everyone has been receptive to the museum.
“PoP up oj simpson museum in downtown LA. What is wrong with you people!!?? Lets have a pop up Charles Manson Museum next week,” one person tweeted.
But Papagan insisted that the museum would be “very respectful,” and feature a tribute to the two slain victims.
Simpson was found liable for the slayings in civil court two years after his acquittal and ordered to pay the victims’ families more than $33 million.
In September 2007, Simpson and a group of men barged into a hotel room at the Palace Station in Las Vegas to retrieve sports memorabilia items he believed had been stolen from him.
He was convicted the following year for armed robbery and assault with a weapon.
Last week, he was granted parole after serving just nine years of a possible 33-year sentence for the botched heist. He will be released as early as Oct. 1.