My favorite part of museums these days are the visible storage units. My favorite part of natural history museums are old-fashioned drawers filled with air-tight cases. I want to know more about the history and practice of storing/preserving art objects, paintings, sculpture, textiles, etc. What books/websites should I be reading to find out more? The more weirdly medium specific and detailed the better. Strange anecdotes very much welcome.
posted by The Whelk
on May 22, 2014 -
I am tasked with stocking up a Maker Space gallery that will be part of a museum. I'm very much a crafter and maker myself, but am looking for the Makers of MetaFilter to tell me your favorite tools, especially ones for small hands (we will be catering to kids and families, as young as 3 years old). We will be doing simple woodworking projects (already looking at Japanese Pull Saws), sewing, circuitry, paper art, lots of tinkering (including activities with recycled materials and new materials). We are focusing on "real" tools (no plastic Fisher Price kids stuff, please), and I expect to buy a couple different versions of some items (hammers for smaller people, hammers for bigger jobs). The tools will get lots of use, so I'm happy to spend a bit more if it means I don't have to constantly replace broken items. I am especially looking for specific recommendations for specific tools, reviews, or resources ("these sewing scissors are amazing for the price" or "don't buy this brand of clamp" or "this site sells very good quality paper punches"). Thanks in advance!
posted by leastlikelycowgirl
on Sep 19, 2013 -
What's a good way to keep track of information about images of paintings I've downloaded (artist, title, year, museum, and so on)? [more inside]
posted by kristi
on Aug 20, 2013 -
Looking for recommendations for the best non-fiction books on the subject of running a large museum/art archive. From any POV, from the fund-raising presidents to the ticket takers, guards, and art history interns in the basements. I'm looking for more large, prestige institutions ("What is it like to work at the Met" for example) but smaller collections or niche museums are also good.
posted by The Whelk
on May 25, 2013 -
is a framed clipping from a magazine that dates back more than 30 years. The original is by Pietro Annigoni
, I believe. I am looking for a copy of the original that is better quality than a magazine clipping. [more inside]
posted by MuffinMan
on Feb 20, 2013 -
Name that incredibly photorealistic painting of a (bishop?) at a European museum (the Prado?). [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky
on Feb 22, 2012 -
Where can I find resources on the web or in print for great art-making and unique crafty ideas for adults? [more inside]
posted by Miko
on Nov 3, 2011 -
I visit art museums and travel around the US. I'm looking for a museum membership that gives me the best deal on reciprocal admission to other museums. [more inside]
posted by pernoctalian
on May 12, 2011 -
What's the best way to find a career in historical preservation/art restoration from where I am now? [more inside]
posted by billypilgrim
on Oct 22, 2010 -
Some friends and I, very much into art and music, are visiting Montreal this weekend and were thinking about going to the Musee Nocturnes event at the MACM this Friday. Is it worth checking out? What's it cost? How should we dress? What's the best way to get there? Anything else we should know? Thanks in advance!
posted by xbonesgt
on Sep 1, 2010 -
Can anyone please help me remember the name of an artist, a woman, I think from the Philippines, who created and carried her own museum? Or similar projects of "mobile/portabe museums/galleries".
posted by bwonder2
on Nov 27, 2009 -
I am searching for references and especially pictures of two pieces of modern art. Both were displayed at the same time at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the late 1980s. [more inside]
posted by mshellenberger
on Apr 3, 2009 -
Who is the artist behind / what is the name of this
painting? And what do you call art like this? [more inside]
posted by GenTso
on Nov 21, 2008 -
Art museum painting framing question.
A common style of framing in art museums --- especially with abstract paintings such as Cy Twombly and Mark Rothko's works --- involves a thin strip of wood around the edge of a painting, perhaps with a few-millimeter gap between the edge of the canvas and the inner edge of the wood. The strip of wood is usually flush with the face of the painting. That's all there is to it. I would like to replicate this effect with some paintings I have. [more inside]
posted by jayder
on Jul 21, 2008 -
Appreciating the visual arts: what should I be looking at? What should I be thinking about? [more inside]
posted by brandnew
on Jun 6, 2008 -
Is "The Great Wave at Kanagawa" actually on display at the Met? Does anyone know exactly where it is?
posted by smackfu
on Aug 14, 2007 -
I think I am ready to begin the transition into trying to put my photography in galleries. My main question is what are the steps that artists go through to gain exposure for their work? I understand that in the case of great artists the work usually stands on its own but I also believe that it got there not on the material items merits but due the efforts of the artist to gain exposure for their work. [more inside]
posted by occidental
on Oct 24, 2006 -
Redesigning an art museum website (content / design / strategy / the whole shebang). What would you expect to see? What would you like to see that they're not doing? What would totally blow your mind? What do you know they'll include that you just don't care about?
And, on a slight tangent, best web examples for art museums? Not the content that resonates for you, but rather kind of information and how it was executed.
posted by warhol
on Dec 31, 2005 -
I was at the MoMA the other day and came accross an amazing painting called The Diver
. I am trying to find out the artist and the poem associated with it. Art history mefites? [more inside]
posted by scazza
on Mar 8, 2005 -