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Marcel Vertès and Francis Carco, Dames Seules (Paris: Duchatel, 1932).
Thursday
2
August
2018
The Single Ladies of 20th-Century Paris
Katia Kiefaber

As one of her final projects before heading off to pursue a Master’s degree in art history, 2017-2018 Art Museum Advisory Board Curatorial Fellow Katia Kiefaber '17 reflects on an unusual book she discovered in an unexplored box in Museum storage. Bequested to MHCAM in 1991 as part of a large collection from alumna Helene Brosseau Black (Class of 1931), Marcel Vertès Dames Seules sheds light on queer relationships between women in early 20th-century Paris…but not as much as our author would have liked.

Museum Preparator Jacqueline Finnegan installs vinyl
Wednesday
17
August
2016
The Not So Lazy Days of Summer
Hannah Blunt

This week MHCAM reopens to the public after almost three months of installations. Associate Curator Hannah Blunt provides a brief overview of what has been happening behind the scenes, and what visitors will discover in the re-installed galleries. 

Utagawa Hiroshige II, Ise Futami ga ura (detail), 1859; Emily Ewen '16 presents her installation of Japanese prints in the Carson Teaching Gallery
Monday
9
May
2016
A Collective Experience
Emily Ewen

Art History and English major Emily Ewen ’16 discusses a major project she undertook this spring reorganizing more than 550 Japanese ukiyo-e prints in the MHCAM collection. The vast collection inspired Ewen to pursue an independent study through the Art History department, allowing her to complement her tireless physical work on the collection with academic research. 

Tuesday
9
February
2016
Textile Tactics
Jacqueline Finnegan

Museum Preparator Jacqueline Finnegan reflects on the labor-intensive process of preparing textiles for exhibition. Thanks to her meticulous use of needle, thread, and Velcro®, the textiles in the current exhibition, Dancers of the Nightway: Ceremonial Themes in Navajo Weaving, seem to hover off the wall.  

Bob Riddle, Jacqueline Finnegan, and Linda Best install a Judy Pfaff sculpture
Monday
26
October
2015
Installing Wallabout
Jacqueline Finnegan

In this first post for the mhcameo blog column Storage Segments, which covers fascinating behind-the-scenes and collections management topics, Museum Preparator Jacqueline Finnegan describes the challenging but rewarding process of installing Judy Pfaff's Wallabout for the exhibition betwixt: Judy Pfaff 1985/92.