Unpacking Museum Storage: Working Spaces of Preservation
Start Day and Time
Tuesday May 9 8:45-10 a.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
223 America's Center
As museums are under growing pressure to display more of their collection, and as collections continue to expand, storage facilities become active working spaces that are more than a repository. This session will explore the logistical, financial, and staffing challenges that go along with this new model for storage, along with creative ways that collections managers are addressing institutional demands. The presenters will examine how transforming storage areas into dynamic spaces can reap a host of benefits for an institution's goals.
- Consider storage as a dynamic space: beyond a repository, reimagine it as a center of study and preservation.
- Consider creative solutions for institutional needs involving storage spaces.
- Plan storage spaces within budgetary and staffing limits.
As VP of Operations, Amber Bonadio is responsible for the general logistical management of UOVO. Previously, Ms. Bonadio was the Operations Manager at Bonhams Auction House in NYC. She holds an M.A. from Christie's Education, New York, and a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy, and has served as an active duty officer in the U.S. Navy.
Denver Art Museum
Laura Elliff has worked in the museum field since 2004. She is currently the Collections Manager at the Denver Art Museum. Previously, she worked as Collections Manager at the Indian Arts Research Center, School for Advanced Research, and has also worked at the Center of Southwest Studies, Fort Lewis College. She has an MA in American Studies, a graduate certificate in Museum Collections Management and Care, and a BA in Anthropology.
Head of Collections Management and Registration
Rubin Museum of Art
Michelle Bennett is the Head of Collections Management & Registration at the Rubin Museum of Art, which focuses on the Himalayas, India, and neighboring regions. Supervising the care of the 3500+ works in the collection and 500+ loans per annum, she has directed several collection moves. Prior to the Rubin she was a registrar at the Kimbell Art Museum. She has a graduate degree in Asian Arts from SOAS in London and has lived in Nepal.