Collections

By: Rachael Faust
Through the months of May and June, Katie Williams, Museum Educator at the Northwest African American Museum, and I have been inviting museum professionals in the Puget Sound region to write about notable collections access initiatives/policies at their museums. Conversing over coffee on a recent sunny day in Seattle, we talked about upcoming projects at our museums and came up...
By: Carol Gil
Through Labor Day 2012, the Petterson Museum of Intercultural Art is Celebrating the Traditional and Modern Arts of Japan with over 150 objects on display. The museum has almost 1300 Japanese artifacts from which we have selected a small sampling to represent various aspects of life in Japan in the last two centuries. Clothing and accessories, textiles, prints, musical instruments,...
By: Rachael Faust and Katie Williams
How is your museum making, or aspiring to make, collections accessible and relevant beyond exhibitions?
Within most museums, the primary way for the public to access collection objects is through thoughtfully curated exhibitions. But on average, only three to five percent of any museum’s permanent collection can be displayed in public gallery spaces at any...
By: Debra Darlington
A bit of the “real thing” in Las Vegas. On a recent trip to Las Vegas to see what was new in the worlds of design & environments since the last time I’d braved the city (about 5 years ago), I discovered a gem – the Neon Boneyard.
It’s part of the Neon Museum , which is dedicated to preserving Las Vegas’ neon history.  It’s definitely worth a visit, and was a refreshing...
By: Jessica Horowitz
The Bay Area Discovery Museum recently welcomed internationally-known artist Patrick Dougherty to create a new sculpture to replace his first piece, located in the Museum’s Lookout Cove, a large outdoor exhibit space. Titled Peekaboo Palace, this new exhibit overlooks the Golden Gate Bridge. This immersive sculpture brings adults and children together through encouraging...
By: Anne Rowe
When I began working at Sunnylands in fall 2009, my first task was to empty an amazing 17,000 square foot historic home to make way for a massive restoration.

Sunnylands is in Rancho Mirage, California, the winter retreat estate for Walter and Leonore Annenberg whose primary residence was in Pennsylvania.  Sunnylands is an A. Quincy Jones midcentury modern house which was built for...
By: Victoria France
I’m sure that most of you read about the recent incident on December 29, 2011 at the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, Colorado – in which a 36-year old apparently intoxicated woman was seen and later apprehended for punching, scratching and then rubbing her backside on a Still painting at the inaugural exhibition  1957-J-No.2 which the Museum states is valued at $30 million. ...
By: Kara West
The need for collections care throughout the United States has been long recognized and is well documented. Those of us working in museums and libraries know that many of the challenges are deeply intertwined - lack of public awareness, lack of funds, lack of expertise, and lack of staff time.  In the last five years, the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has pledged...
By: Alexandra Harris
The Book is Dead, Long Live the Book!
As 21st-century museum professionals, we recognize the need to expand access to our content using digital platforms. But what does that mean for us, beyond the labor of educating ourselves about e-books, apps, and mobile web, and implementing the technology? I’ve heard both the hype and the panic, and am choosing a measured approach;...
By: Brian Eyler
With the WMA Annual Meeting only a few weeks away, I’ve been asked by the powers that be to share my thoughts about being an attendee (and a presenter) at the upcoming meeting in Honolulu.  To be honest, I’ll be arriving at this particular meeting with an unusual perspective.

After regularly attending (and presenting once before - Sacramento, I believe) WMA Annual Meetings for...

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