Date of Award
Master of Arts
This thesis details the curation and installation of a Visible Storage exhibition at the Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. Between 2015 and 2017, over one hundred objects were moved out of basement storage and into a dedicated gallery in order to address preservation concerns and increase the visibility and educational capacity of the Metal Museum’s permanent collection, which includes contemporary sculpture, vessels, and jewelry as well as historic metalwork. The thorough inventory that accompanied the project resulted in updated catalog records that were used to launch an open-access online database that made the permanent collection accessible to both on- and off-site Metal Museum visitors. This detailed case study will serve as a guide to best practices for museums that face similar challenges.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Bradshaw, Kimberly Rebecca, "From the Basement to the Gallery: Visible Storage at the Metal Museum" (2019). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1985.