|Sharon and Christian curating the last items |
included in Phase I of the Inventory Project.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
The Madrecitas exhibition of small format art
began five years ago in an effort to support Mexicali’s
blossoming young artists. Based in a hallway of
CETYS Universidad, the inaugural exhibit had 60 pieces.
In 2013 the exhibit boasts 300 pieces from artists
ranging from Southern California to Mexico City
and includes 2D, 3D and video format. The exhibit represents
the vibrant artistic community just across the border.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Monday, July 8, 2013
Monday, July 1, 2013
by Jessica Brody, Head Curator
I've been told that at the start of the artifact re-housing project in 2009, there was no way to quantify the number of boxes in storage. It was too daunting task to attempt. Today, in the "cooler" weather I spent the morning checking corners of the now near-empty storage. 64 boxes of artifacts remain in the temporary storage area and about others 30 brought up to the museum this week.
Completing the re-housing the artifacts isn't the end of the Inventory Project, but it marks a huge milestone in the care of the collections. Massive, really. The next phase will involve the re-organization of the files and paperwork, also in temporary storage. Anne Morgan, our visiting archivist, developed a system very similar to the volunteer curation process that we will use to create searchable database records for the documentation. As we enter information into the database, we will be able to match the records to the artifacts.
The biggest challenge in caring for this collection is the divorce of the artifacts from the records. I'd like to personally invite the community, who has worked so hard to care for these records for so long, to help us create a full, informative, researchable archive. The information we work with over the coming months will form the basis for our first permanent exhibit and educational programming. This is a very exciting time to be part of the Inventory Project.