The museum’s staff requests a planning grant to engage representative city officials and a team of three consultants–a conservator, environmental management specialist, and historic preservation architect–to develop a Master Preservation Plan for Collections. The museum’s collections are currently housed in a designated historic building constructed in 1937 by the Works Progress Administration. The preservation plan would focus on collaboratively developed strategies to balance collections needs and vulnerabilities with the performance capacity of the historic building envelope. Project staff would employ appropriate passive and active measures to mitigate risks to stored collections by determining reasonably achievable targets for collections environments. The plan would also propose solutions that would be energy and cost efficient; respect the historic fabric of the museum and a possible second 1950s-era building designated for future museum use; and make efficient use of available storage spaces.
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A review of “Immersion into Compounded Time and the Paintings of Firelei Báez” at the Mennello Museum of American Art in Orlando.
The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History is embarking on Phase II of its commitment to renovate the museum structure, update permanent history exhibits, and enlarge collections storage. The primary goal of the planning grant project would deal specifically with developing a comprehensive strategy that would allow the museum to best utilize the additional 9,500 sq. ft. of storage included in the upcoming building renovation; generate a prioritized collections content survey in a context of preventative conservation mandates related to specific collections types; acquire specialized storage equipment meeting professionally accepted standards in all storage areas; identify conservation treatment priorities; address and formalize off-site storage facility policies and procedures; and develop targeted funding resources that will allow the museum to continue collections-related upgrades into the foreseeable future.
A Conservation Assessment Program (CAP) report in 2009 recommended that the space usage in two University Museums’ buildings (Old College and the adjacent Mechanical Hall) be reviewed and reformulated. Funding is sought to bring the authors of the report back to the university to undertake this essential next step. Far more than a consultancy, this project will enable two internationally recognized experts on environmental management and collections conservation–Michael C. Henry and Wendy Claire Jessup–to work with an interdisciplinary team of museum staff, students, and faculty. Together, they will analyze the environmental systems, building envelopes, and collections storage needs in order to create a comprehensive space allocation plan to optimize usage and environment in existing museum spaces. The university will support this project by waiving indirect costs, providing support for Mr. Henry to teach a course in Art Conservation, and cover costs for Museums and Facilities staff.
The Abbe Museum requests a one-year, $305,200 grant award in support of its Implementing Sustainability Strategies for the Abbe Museum’s Collections Environment project. The goal of the project is to implement three recommendations presented in the NEH-funded Environmental Improvements Report submitted by Watson & Henry Associates and Tuckerbrook Conservation in January 2012. Specifically, a grant award would fund replacement/improvement of the Abbe Museum’s exhibit lighting system, dehumidification system, and chiller in order to meet environmental preservation targets as well as implement economically and environmentally sustainable approaches to the building environment.
The Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA) and the New Mexico Museum of Art (NMMoA) request a planning grant from the NEH Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections program to assess environmental needs and outline a plan for energy-efficient upgrades within collections areas. The proposed project involves convening an interdisciplinary team in order to determine new energy-efficient lighting strategies for MOIFA, as well as climate control systems improvements for NMMoA. The goal of this project for MOIFA will be a lighting assessment of all collections areas, with a focus on the outdated and harmful exhibit case lighting within the Girard collection exhibit. NMMoA’s goal is to assess its lighting systems and to develop a plan to stabilize its environment while increasing the energy efficiency of its climate control systems. Severe relative humidity fluctuations within the original 1917 building adversely affect the building and the museum’s collections.
Review of Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration, exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, 19 November 2011-12 August 2012. In Museum and Society 10.1 (March 2012): 66-68.
A review of “Vapor and Vibration: The Art of Larry Bell and Jesús Rafael Soto at the Tampa Museum of Art.
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