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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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Monday, July 13, 2009
Fun with math: Federal art stimulus funding

There's so much talk lately of national and global economic stimulus plans, budgets and federal funding, that it's easy to reach information overload - what does it all mean?

A recent blog entry at Art:21 on the topic of federal art stimulus spending puts the issue into plain English, or rather, simple math. The writer helpfully reduces the sometimes overwhelming verbiage of federal funding grants into a simple numbers game, with an easy-to-follow "chunky text" format.

Art:21 followed up the next day with a more word-centric, lengthy posting of an interview with House Arts Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Rep. Todd Russell Platts (R-PA),  that helps to flesh out the issues and put matters into a broader perspective.

This is great reading for artists, art supporters and those who work in the visual arts field. After looking at the numbers, do you think the arts are getting a fair shake? Too much? Too little?


A view from the 58th Annual All Florida Competition and Exhibition, an exhibition that fosters up-and-coming artists.



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Tuesday, July 7, 2009
End of Kodachrome: Reminder of connection between "The Afghan Girl" and the Museum

Eastman Kodak Co. has announced it will put Kodachrome into the discontinued bin, where it joins Polaroid in the retirement community for storied, but outdated, film formats.

A recent Palm Beach Post article about the demise of the beloved, if increasingly obsolete, film stock sparked some discussion at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. The story was accompanied by an image of Steve McCurry's iconic Afghan Girl, a compelling portrait originally photographed on Kodachrome and reproduced on a 1985 cover of National Geographic.

This turned a few heads at the Museum, as we are fortunate enough to own a large print of Afghan Girl in our Permanent Collection. Our piece - which was a gift of the artist in 2008 - is a stunning Fuji Crystal Archive print. The Museum originally displayed a version of Afghan Girl in the summer 2004 exhibition Steve McCurry: Photographs of Asia, which was made possible by McCurry and Richard Coplan.

McCurry's image made for one of the most stirring covers in National Geographic's history, but a glossy magazine reprint can hardly do justice to the piece. The Museum's 21 ľ  x 14 1/8 inch print reveals the depth captured by McCurry's lens, including the detail of the girl's frayed garment and the stark intensity of her pale, piercing eyes.

Incidentally, if you're unfamiliar with the story of how McCurry originally met the "Girl" - the then, 12-year-old Sharbat Gula - and his long awaited and fought-for reunion with her nearly two decades later, NPR did a wonderful piece on the subject in 2002. The provided link includes an audio recording of the report.

Afghan Girl can currently be seen in Camera Work: Photography from the Permanent Collection, on display in the Museum's second floor photo gallery.   


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