|A blast from the past: Jobi was always eager to help out the Rosenbach--even before she became a staff member!|
This year we were again lucky enough to get the gang back together (so to speak). We tackled two White Gloves projects: continuing to chip away at our shelf-reading inventory (which Jobi blogged about a few months back) and starting to rehouse some of the vast Marianne Moore object collection. Given the nature of these projects we only could use a couple of volunteers and we were thrilled to have a pair of wonderful folks.
Jessica Bellingham is attending MAAM from all the way across the country; she lives in Seattle where she used to work at the Burke Museum of Archaeology and just started a job as a registrar for Microsoft's art collection. I bet you never thought about how private companies track and manage their art--they need collections professionals too! Here Jessica is having fun (and working hard) with Judy Guston, our Director of Collections.
Anastasia Matijkiw didn't have to travel nearly so far--she works at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and used to be an even closer neighbor when she worked at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts. Here she is doing her part in the shelf-reading work.
Here are a few pictures from the afternoon's Moore collection rehousing. As you can see, our volunteers really enjoyed getting to see and learn about Miss Moore's collections, especially her menagerie of animal figurines.
Here I am assembling some dividers for a box that will hold long thin objects such as pens, letter openers, etc. I should note that Jobi took all the pictures, so she is not in them, but she was the organizing force behind our White Gloves day, so kudos to her.
As we moved objects into new homes, we were very careful to record what went where, so we can update our electronic records. Here Jessica is checking an object tag to make sure our lists are correct. All of the old location information will also be retained in the files, in case we ever need it.
It was a hard, but very productive day of work, so many thanks to our intrepid volunteers, to the MAAM folks, and to our staff that made it possible.