The Importance of Contextual Information: Past and Present

Track
Curatorial Practice
Start Day and Time
Sunday May 7 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
230-231 America's Center
Description
This discussion will examine the challenges presented by a lack of existing information and present methods and ideas for improvement. It will focus on the types of information to collect going forward, the challenges to collecting this information, and how to store the information so that future staff have easy access.
Learner Outcome
  1. Gain awareness of the value of expanding information collected from donors, as well as what information to collect and how to make it accessible for future staff.
  2. Become aware of the challenges of collecting primary contextual information and of strategies to analyze existing objects for context.
  3. Gain knowledge of the value to visitors of presenting contextual information.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Barbara Forsyth
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Senior Manager of Collections and Registration
Organization: 
Mingei International Museum
Bio
As Collections Manager, Barbara Hanson Forsyth has worked to insure that all objects coming into the collection come with full contextual information. She has worked in the arts for over 12 years in various capacities and brings experience in collections management/registration, content curation, and education. Working with various mediums, skill sets, & environments has helped her see collections-related issues from a wide perspective.
Presenter: 
Jeanie Yoon
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
FYM Co-director
Bio
Jeanie Yoon is new to museum work but has been involved with Foster Youth Museum for 6 years. She collaborates closely with staff, youth and other partners in all aspects of the Museum including collections, exhibits, marketing, education, special events, and project management. Her work in collecting sensitive contextual information will inform this session. Her experience working in child welfare has been a bridge in her current museum work.
Presenter: 
Marian Ann Montgomery
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Curator of Clothing and Textiles
Organization: 
Museum of Texas Tech University
Bio
As Curator of Clothing & Textiles at the Mus. of TX Tech Univ., Dr. Marian Ann Montgomery has successfully secured information from donors to enhance the interpretation of objects in public programs, exhibits and catalogs. She will share her successful techniques. Her interest in social history informs this work. She brings more than 30 years experience in the museum field at historic sites, art, history, special focus and encyclopedic museums.
Presenter: 
Veronica Kandl
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director of Collections
Organization: 
Sacramento History Museum
Bio
Currently the Curator of Collections & History at the Sacramento History Museum & Ctr. for Sacramento History, Veronica Kandal has over 25 years of curatorial and collections management experience. Her work with these material culture collections has given Ms. Kandl first-hand experience with every level of artifact provenance and background documentation and she knows the challenges these present in using artifacts for exhibits and programs.