Boca Raton Museum of Art
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|Friday, April 2, 2010|
|John De Andrea Sculpture Returns from Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid|
Senior Curator Wendy Blazier just returned from a whirlwind trip to Madrid, accompanying our John DeAndrea sculpture, Released, back from the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza where it had recently been exhibited. Unbeknownst to many, Senior Curators and Registrars get exciting fringe benefits, one of them being trips abroad. Of course, Wendy went to ensure the sanctity of our collection, but she still had a little fun on the trip.
Released has been put back into storage but the other piece from our collection that is in the midst of its world tour, Campeo San Cassiano, Italy by Maurice Prendergast, is now featured at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. It is part of the exhibition Prendergast in Italy that debuted at the Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown, Massachusetts and traveled to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice before returning to Texas. In May, the exhibition will close in Texas and it will return home. We will reinstall it in the Dr. and Mrs. John J. Mayers Gallery on the second-floor west wing.
It is such an honor to loan artwork to such great institutions as these. The John DeAndrea sculpture especially, since we do not normally display her in our galleries. She made an appearance for our Shock of the Real: Photorealism Revisited exhibition last year, but only for the opening nights.
This is why it is significant when a museum such as the Thyssen-Bornemisza, whose focus is comtemporary artists, borrows and displays our treasures.
||John De Andrea, Released, 1989,
polyvinyl polychromed in oil, height 62.5 inches. Permanent Collection 2007.28.1. Gift of Louis K. and Susan P. Meisel
|Tuesday, November 10, 2009|
|Art-o-Mat is where it's at!|
Visitors to the Museum often inquire about our quirky little machine situated in the lobby. Inevitably, younger visitors cast an eye to its bright colors and promise of a mystery prize.
This reconstituted cigarette vending machine offers 2" x 3" original artworks created by artists from all over the country. Simply insert a token - procured for $5 from the fine volunteers at the front desk - and out comes a miniature artwork. The Art-o-Mat is a great way to get affordable, handmade pieces of art; start your personal art collection on the cheap through this donation to the Artists in Cellophane group.
Clark Whittington, the National Bureau Chief of Artists in Cellophane, has been repackaging art to incorporate into people's daily lives for more than ten years. The success of his project is evidenced by the number of Art-o-Mats installed worldwide - more than 80 of them!
Here, at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, we have featured in our machine a few hometown heroes from around the state of Florida:
If you're a hepcat who is more interested in creating pocket art than in buying it, visit artomat.org and learn about how you can become part of the Artists in Cellophane crew.
The other artists currently featured in our Art-o-Mat:
If you are interested in supporting one of these artists, don't hesitate. These they sell out quickly and we are always incorporating new art into the mix.
And don't forget, with the holidays approaching...
|Friday, October 23, 2009|
|The value of outside scholars for cultural institutions|
Scholar Robert Duff discusses a framed burial mantle with Senior Curator Wendy Blazier of the Boca Raton Museum of Art.
Robert Duff has spent much of his life in South America
collecting native textiles, ceramics and stone bowls. His scholarly acumen in
regards to all things Pre-Columbian comes from his many years as a collector
and exporter of South American artifacts. It is our great pleasure to welcome
him to the Museum as an expert volunteer.
Examining 19 of our Pre-Columbian textiles, Duff
identified the culture, place and time period for many of our pieces. He
explained things like, why a particular entity is depicted as wearing ear plugs,
or how a Chimu feather mosaic band fragment is woven.
The process takes time, as Boca Raton Museum of Art Senior Curator Wendy Blazier
discusses the merits of each piece with Mr. Duff. It is not uncommon for
museums to look to experts, leaders in their respective fields, for insight
into the collection.
The Museum is a guardian of knowledge and culture as well as
a repository for artifacts. We welcome
outside scholars with critical insight in regards to their chosen subject of
We will be showing about 40 amazing donations gifted to the Museum by
collectors from all over the world in the upcoming African, Oceanic, and Meso-American Treasures: Selections from the
Permanent Collection. The exhibition opens November 17 and remains on view
through January 10, 2010, here at the Museum.
Not all of the pieces that Mr. Duff is researching appear in
African, Oceanic and Meso-American
Treasures, but if you visit us you will still get to see a remarkable
cross-section of the gifts we have received over the years from these wonderful
|Tuesday, October 6, 2009|
|Oh, the places docents go!|
(L-R) Museum Educator Annette Seitles and docent-trainees Dr. Carol Weissman and Leslye Gellert look on while Registrar Martin Hanahan shows them our flat file cabinets.
Docent-trainees Linda Schottland, Dr. Carol Weiessman, Leslye Gellert, and Museum Educator Annette Seitles view a Divination Tray from Africa in our art storage room.
Above are photographs of a recent tour that Museum Registrar, Martin Hanahan, gave to our new docent-trainees. Becoming a docent allows one to see behind-the-scenes and day-to-day activities within the museum. Boca Raton Museum of Art staff are very excited about the 2009 docent class. Currently, the docent-candidates are undergoing rigorous training, learning the museum's collections.
To become a docent, one must become a member of the Museum. Docents and members receive the same perks, such as 10% off in the Museum Store, free entry to movies and lectures, the membership magazine, and invitations to openings throughout the year. Besides becoming a member, the only prerequisite is a love of art. Of course, background in the fine arts, art history, teaching, or public speaking can be beneficial as well.
Docent candidates must complete six months of training before they may give tours to the public. Claire Clum, Curator of Education, and Annette Seitles, Museum Educator, teach a course comparable to college-level seminar in order to adequately educate the docents. They talk about the BRMoA collection specifically and also situate the works within broader movements and styles. They teach how to utilize the Socratic method, the correct vocabulary when speaking about visual art, age-appropriate topics, and so on. This period of study and practice builds a knowledgeable staff of docent-trainees, ready to ameliorate our guests' experience.
While the docents are trained in every aspect of our collection, they have the freedom to construct their own tours of the museum, based around a theme of their choosing. The themes can be anything, such as formal elements like the color red, to historical periods like the Abstract Expressionist movement, to theory, like Poststructuralism. If you see a docent in the halls who is not giving a tour, feel free to approach them for an interesting conversation on any number of topics.
If you are interested in becoming a docent, you can contact the Museum Educator Claire Clum. If you have the available time, becoming a docent can add a new dimension to your understanding and outlook of the world.
|Friday, July 17, 2009|
|Hurricane preparation at the Boca Raton Museum of Art|
As some of you may be aware, hurricane season is upon us in South Florida and we are readying our sculpture garden for the possibility of storms. To start, we are taking down the hanging sculpture Celestial Presence by Dorothy Gillespie. Although the individual pieces are made of sturdy aluminum and can be bent easily back into shape if a strong wind hit them, they are strung up next to the windows with fishing line which could create any number of problems with tangling or colliding with the glass.
Dorothy Gillespie, Celestial Presence, 2007, polychrome painted and shaped-cut aluminum, 25 x 20 x 12 feet. Permanent Collection 2007.20. Gift of the Dorothy Gillespie Foundation, Inc.
How do we safely store these works of art? First, the fishing line that is strung horizontally between the hanging columns of sculptural elements is cut. The placement of the horizontal fishing line is needed so that the individual pieces hang in straight columns and do not get tangled with one another.
After that, the Facilities staff, Robin Archible and John Finewood, take down one hanging column of the shaped aluminum pieces at a time and wrap each piece separately. John is raised up in the boom lift and slowly lowers the line so that Archie can receive and wrap each piece in bubble wrap. They are then placed in large storage crates to await reinstallation in the fall. It takes about three days to complete the process.
John releasing the line.
John lowering the sculpture to Archie, waiting with roll of bubble wrap.
Final product: wrapped pieces ready for storage.
Once a hurricane warning is announced for the Boca Raton area, we take additional measures to ensure the safety of the sculptures in the garden. Depending on how the season shapes up, you may see more entries dedicated to hurricane preparedness but we will keep our fingers crossed that you won't!
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