Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

6415

Date

2019

Date of Award

4-29-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Major

Art History

Concentration

Museum Practices

Committee Chair

Earnestine Jenkins

Committee Member

Fred Albertson

Committee Member

Virginia Solomon

Abstract

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.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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