Does today’s blog title mean anything to you? Were you a little kid in the 1980s? (or a parent of a little kid?) Well, I was. And, being a little kid in the 1980s, one of my favorite TV specials was a one-hour show entitled, “Don’t Eat the Pictures: Sesame Street at the Metropolitan Museum … Continue reading
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Here’s another example of random things I see at museums …when I should probably be looking at something else. Let’s go back to The Met. During our visit, we wandered through the Museum’s lovely period rooms and stopped to look at the Room from the Hôtel de Varengeville, Paris. The furnishings were beautiful, as you … Continue reading
Today’s post features a very ordinary object that has stood the test of time and has been elevated to the status of art. At first glance, it’s just a bucket. But, this bucket is on display in the Greek and Roman Gallery at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The metal bucket with movable handles looks … Continue reading
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Have you heard of this film? We stumbled across it the other evening, while looking for something to watch on Netflix. I was particularly drawn to the title because I’ve worked on and visited many exhibits that ended in a gift shop. It’s kind of what you do. That’s how you know the exhibit’s over. … Continue reading
Texture in Art
Before I traveled to Europe in 2001, I didn’t appreciate art. At all. Blech. I had more important things to think about (or so I thought.) But to be honest, I think my problem was that I hadn’t really experienced art. Sure, I lived in Chicagoland and secretly claimed Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the … Continue reading
Look what I FIC!
To my colleagues, Rest assured, dear friends, that no collection is perfect. While some of us may work happily with beautifully filled collections databases, B-67, and carefully labeled twill tape, others are still struggling to make sense of decades of shady donation paperwork, wonky accession numbering systems and misplaced inventories. [Non-museum folks–if this is Greek … Continue reading
No But(t)s about it.
As a “museum and archives professional”, I need to be able to wear a variety of different hats while on the job. Collections management, exhibit development, artifact interpretation, historical administration–everyday is a new adventure. Nevertheless, while I am at best a generalist, I have a never-ending desire to specialize in… something. Each museum visit ignites … Continue reading
Here’s a topic I know very little about. Despite my background in classical music and musical theater, when it comes to performance art, I’m clueless. I’ve seen some amazing performance art in my life – especially from the street art folks throughout Europe. Anyone who’s traveled “to the continent” has probably experienced the “stand still … Continue reading
1 Blizzard = Snow Flurry, 1
Instead of worrying about how to begin, I thought I’d just jump in and feature something we saw at MOMA on Tuesday. My husband and I went to NY for Christmas–to visit family–and wouldn’t you know it, while we were in NYC, a blizzard struck! We were stuck in Manhattan for two nights, which meant … Continue reading