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Behind the Scenes – Deinstalling Art Ventures



When deinstalling an exhibition,  the first thought to come to mind is how quickly the time goes.  Most exhibitions we host at the Cummer range between an 8-12 week run and if we are fortunate enough sometimes slightly longer.  We are sad to see the Art Ventures exhibition close, but it was a wonderful experience to be partnered with the Community Foundation and to work with such a talented group of local artists.

These photos are a glimpse into the behind the scenes of taking down an exhibition at The Cummer.  There are a series of items that must be accomplished during every deinstallation, before the artwork is returned to the owners – the first being condition reports.  Upon arrival and departure the condition of every exhibiton object must be documented by a hand written report and photographs.  Then every object is packed in plastic, glassine or tissue depending on it medium and crated for transportation.  Next, all labels and hanging hardware are removed and vinyl lettering peeled off the walls.  Lastly, the walls are patched and painted in anticipation of the next exhibition.

Stay tuned for the next exibition in the Mason Gallery,  A Genius for Place: American Landscapes of the Country Place Era, which opens January 25.

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