Ever wonder what goes on in the basement and the tower of the de Young Museum? Now you can find out! As part of our residency we were fortunate to be able to interview various departments at the museum and photograph in their areas. In the “gift shop” section of our installation we are featuring photographs and text showing the behind the scenes of the museum. Who are the people that create the museum experience that the public doesn’t see?
Here’s a teaser:!
Artwork is wrapped, strapped, and stored when not out on display. Racks of paintings and furniture are ready to be rotated into the galleries.
The Object Conservator is a combination of a detective and an artist. She uses various tools and pigments to restore delicate works of art for the museum.
The cafe menu is inspired by the special exhibitions at the museum. Currently they have a menu inspired by J. M. W. Turner’s paintings. And, those beautiful flowers you see in the entry and in the bathrooms? Those are all done by volunteers. The Flower Committee had 55 members that create arrangements for the museum every week. They are a passionate group that strives to enhance the museum experience for visitors.