MA programme Curating the Art Museum
Stages and Scenes:
Creating Architectural Illusion
26 June to 27 July 2008
Behind the scenes:
One of the long meetings where we refined lists of artworks,
discussing ideas and debating the concept of the exhibition.
On the wall in the background are works grouped by the four
subheadings of the show.
Students examine works from The Courtauld Library Special Collections
for historical links to the drawings chosen for the exhibition. Four
volumes are presented in Stages and Scenes, detailing architectural
theories on stage design.
The ‘paper hang’ incorporated wall labels, which would arrive from the graphic designer once the drawings were installed. Works were hung at an eye level of 152 cm.
Disaster!: The niche for the title was painted white, by accident,
and we rushed to match the colour before artworks were allowed in the
Remnants of the ‘paper hang’ are scattered below the newly
framed drawings which are supported on foam blocks. Fitting the actual
works on the wall, the selection was further refined.
Courtauld Gallery Curators Barnaby Wright and Stephanie Buck assist
students with a ’dummy hang’, the experimental placement
of artworks in order on the wall. The proposed hang changed ...
a number of times.
Curators and students hold works to the wall. The lighting was still in place for the previous exhibition as evident in the spotlights on the floor.
Two professional art handlers look for the 'go-ahead'. While we decided the order and spacing of the works, these two safely fixed them to the wall.
One of our lighting experts fumbles for a 50 watt lamp. Conservation
requirements dictate the amount of light allowed on each work, but the
style of lighting dramatically improved the appearance of the works
on the wall.
Behind the scenes