Tuesday, April 27, 2010

How to install a House Post (or two)

By: Chris Rossi, Associate Curator of Exhibitions

Eva has done a fine job outlining how the Northwest Coast House Posts from our Thaw Collection of American Indian Art made it safely to the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) as a supplement to our traveling exhibition, Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection. These two pieces are not the easiest things to install. The House Posts are heavy and large, but fragile as well – one of my least favorite combinations when it comes to installation. Not to worry! Fortunately for us Cleveland has a topnotch art handling team that installed the objects with no problem at all.

What took the better part of a morning to accomplish has been cleverly reduced to less than a minute through the expertise of a CMA photographer. It is fun to watch, but don’t be deceived by the speed and ease with which it all comes together. Each move was discussed, planned, and then carefully executed to get the posts safely in place.

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