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Flickering Lights

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

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The Bucket

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

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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

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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

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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 … Continue reading

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