The Monday after an exhibition closes is almost always busy. That was certainly the case this week. The Winter Exhibitions 2009-2010– Amy Hauft’s Counter Re-formation and Francis Cape’s Home Front– both included large-scale installations. These works have to be carefully disassembled, packed in crates and delivered back to the artists. So that’s what happened, under the careful eye of Michael, our exhibition manager.
First thing: my job is to change the phone message (easy enough) and update the website. The Winter Exhibitions are archived and the Current Exhibition page gets the same “Closed for Installation” sign as the front door.
Michael, who also serves as in-house designer, was in the final stages of designing the poster for the student exhibitions. He sent me the signature image, which went on the website too (look for it!). The poster is at the printer as I write this. So, if you aren’t on the Gallery’s mailing list, get thee to our website and sign up. That way, you will be sure to get your very own poster in the mail. Trust me, it’s the cat’s meow.
Back to deinstallation: Eric, our wonderful exhibition contractor, helped Michael to disassemble Cape’s installation, which involved removing an immaculate wainscotting from the wall in Gallery 3. The material had to be saved, so the work was done carefully. Then, our trusty corp of student workers went into action: spackling, sanding, and sawing. Eric worked to wrap and crate photograph downstairs.
Meanwhile, Amy Hauft was here bright and early working to take apart the elaborate table that comprised her installation. Snow drifts were packed away, the tablecloth was folded, and the intricate and delicate sugar staircase centerpiece was placed into its housing.
Tomorrow: how many gallery staff members, artists, and sculpture techs are required to lower a 200+ pound, 16+ ft tall cast iron staircase carefully?