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Moving Art: A Balancing Act

Marsden Hartley’s “Landscape No. 19

6. Hanging LightsThe Artists’ Eye: Georgia O’Keeffe and the Alfred Stieglitz Collection recently closed on February 3, and we are now quickly preparing our Temporary Exhibition Gallery for the arrival of The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism which will open on March 15.

In case you were wondering where the Alfred Stieglitz Collection went, I have the answer for you. Approximately 31% of the Collection is now on view in our Early Twentieth-Century Art Gallery. All of the sensitive works on paper have been stored away to rest, but the majority of the oil paintings from the Collection will remain on display through the end of the year.

It may seem like a simple task to move this collection from one gallery to another, but in reality it is quite the balancing act. The transformation was made in a matter of only 9 days, only 7 being working days.

The permanent collection works which previously resided in the West box of the Early Twentieth-Century Gallery had to be removed to make way for the Alfred Stieglitz Collection. Our preparation team magically de-installed these works in about two-and-a-half to three hours. The gallery was then patched and repainted in only a day and a half. Even though the snow and ice tried to keep us all at home, The Artists’ Eye exhibition, which consists of 101 works, was completely de-installed from our Temporary Exhibition Gallery in just four days. Pedestals were repainted to match the destination gallery color, and the portion of the Steiglitz Collection to be rehung was installed during that same period of four days in its new gallery. Lighting, installation of labels, installation of vinyl titles and texts, and the installation of an interactive iPad that links to the Alfred Stieglitz Collection microsite were all installed in one day. The Stieglitz Collection reopened to the public on February 8 like it had never been gone.

Total piece of cake…