Friday, March 30, 2007

Just one week until William Wegman-Funney/Strange opens!

My apologies for the lack of updates lately. Everyone here at the Addison is busy installing William Wegman-Funney Strange.

At this point, the show is unpacked and curators Trevor Fairbrother and Allison Kemmerer have laid out the show, selecting where each of the objects will go. The show has over 230 objects including paintings, works on paper, photographs, TVs, and a projector, so trying to place everything has been a challenge.

The prep crew have finished putting a fresh coat of paint on the gallery walls and are busy installing the objects. Though much easier than hammering the thousands of nails used in our recent Jennifer Bartlett: Early Plate Work exhibition, it is still a time-consuming process to hang each object and run all the wires for the TVs and projector system. The installation of the wall text and object labels comes next. Each individual object label is transferred to the wall by carefully rubbing the letters from their paper backing using a dull pencil. It is a process that requires patience, a precise eye for detail, and very strong wrists!

I've had the pleasure of traveling with the show to all three of its previous venues to help each museum's crew with packing, installation, and condition reporting. It has been interesting to see how each museum interpreted the show and arranged it on their walls. While each venue was spectacular and successful in its own way, I'm very excited about how the show is going to look here at the Addison. The show opens to the public Saturday, April 7th, so be sure to stop by to be one of the first to see it!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see this show. I still remember the last time the Addison showed Wegman's work - and how he involved some of the folks at the Addison to create some of the photographs. One thing is for sure, it's never a disappointment when making the trip to catch an exhibition at the Addison, and it's nice to see recognition (in Jim's blog) of the hard work all the folks there put in to make the trip so worthwhile!