Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Making Mounts for the Thaw Collection

By: Eva Fognell, Curator of the Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art

It’s all about the traveling Thaw exhibition for me right now. Spicer Conservation has been here weekly for about 6 months to stabilize and clean the objects (see here and here) and now it is time for the mount makers to work their magic. David and Mar from Benchmark, have been here making mounts for 9 of the traveling objects. The conservation lab has been turned into a mount making workshop complete with tools and all the stuff needed to make safe cradles for the objects. Most of the things that need mounts are masks. We want to be able to install them with out having to affix new hardware to them and we are trying to spare them being handled too much. I have attached a few photos of the lab as it looks right now with objects propped up so that their backsides are available for fitting. Also check out how unobtrusive the mounts are and how nice it is to see the masks set off from the back. This will add to the visual impact of the mask, as well as provide an opportunity to light the masks in a more dramatic way.

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