Tim: Everything is looking great in the galleries, but there’s so much to do with just a few days left. How long does it take to put together an exhibition like this?
Eric: If you start at the conception of the idea for the exhibition, this one took almost a decade. When you get closer to the actual event, we are talking months or even years of working out details like coordinating with other museums or private owners to curate the objects to loan agreements and schedules to creating mounts and display cases. Every “t” crossed and “i” dotted.
Tim: Wow! And how do you decide where to display the items in the gallery?
Eric: The goal is always to give people context so they can understand the importance of each piece and how and why it is there to tell the story of the exhibition. We do that by putting pieces together that are similar and complement each other. I start by putting together a 24:1 scale model in advance to make sure the complete story is being told and the weight of each object makes the maximum impact.
Tim: I love the scale model. It’s so cool to see all the planning. Speaking of planning, these pieces came from all over the country to be here. How hard is it to transport them? It’s not just bubble wrap, right?
Eric: There’s definitely more to it than bubble wrap. Each piece needs to be custom fit into its container to prevent movement. Also, humidity is a concern. So the containers are sealed with monitoring devices to make sure they are kept in the safest and most ideal environments so they are preserved for future generations to share and learn from.
Tim: I can’t wait until Friday for everyone to see this. Very cool. Thanks, Eric.