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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 a  spark and makes me want to learn more and more.

Every single visit–no ifs, ands, or buts about it.

Or, in this particular case, butt.

While I have worked in history museums, university archives and a science museum, I have yet (!) to dive into the fascinating world of art history (and boy, do I want to!) And, when it comes to being inspired by art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City certainly delivers.

As one of the world’s top institutions, The Met takes every step necessary to ensure the safety and longevity of its collection. In addition, Museum preparators and conservators work diligently to make sure each item on display is not only secure, but that the average visitor is not distracted by these precautionary efforts.

So, while most of the visitors admired this statue from the front, it was the rear that caught my eye.

Do you see it? A perfectly camouflaged “butt support”? tee hee! Here’s a close-up:

The next time you’re in a musuem, take a moment to really look at an artifact and see if you can notice any behind-the-scene secrets hidden in plain view!

Now I want to be a preparator or conservator at an art museum. 🙂

p.s. I’m sorry I forgot to note the title and artist of this piece. Does anyone out there know what it is?

4 thoughts on “No But(t)s about it.

  1. Ok, generalist, I took art history survey courses in college and LOVED them! It fit nicely with my history survey courses and gave me more to think about, when X was happening in the US, Europe, Russia, etc., this is the ART that was coming out of whatever place du jour. I also took a costume history survey course (meaning the history of clothing) and it also added another layer to my history studies. History is most interesting, because you can study people, technology, art, clothing, industry, thought, etc, etc, not just one subject. I know where you’re coming from!

    • You know me, I love costume history, and the older I get (and the more time I spend in art museums) the more I appreciate and love art (even contemporary art, which I never thought I’d like.) Can I go back to school and study art history? Please?

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