• Packing

    by Published on 05-19-2010 02:48 PM
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    This post is focused on two aspects of a situation that can add up to be quite a daunting and frustrating dilemma - the counting and packing of large numbers of small objects operating under the time and budget constraints that exist almost everywhere these days.
    It is meant to illustrate a complimentary pair of techniques that can increase the integrity and effectiveness of the process while helping to minimize frustration.
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    Published on 04-15-2010 07:00 AM
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    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

    November 20, 2009

    Organized by PACIN and the Registrar Committee Western Region.

    This all day workshop was geared towards museum and other professionals concerned with the safe handling of artworks and artifacts. Areas of focus included: The basics of handling practices in regard to installations, packing and storage; handling requirements of objects on loan with emphasis on technical and material requirements of each topical area; job descriptions; and educational opportunities. Training was also presented on how to build and/or expand staff in any collection-based program.
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    Published on 04-14-2010 11:12 PM
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    The first PACIN Preparators Conference held on August 14th and 15th at The Clark Institute of Art has been agreed by all attending to be a huge success. For all the delegates, presenters and sponsors attending the conference proved to be an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge and meet new colleagues. The presentations and workshops perpetuated further conversations which continued at the Q & A’s, Roundtable Forum, coffee breaks, lunches and all evening events, planed or free formed.

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    Published on 03-10-2010 09:36 PM
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    by Cathy Mano, Registrar, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

    I had the very fortunate opportunity this year to work closely with Japanese art packers and shippers Nippon Express Co. Ltd. in conjunction with the Museum’s summer exhibition Lords of the Samurai: Legacy of a Daimyo Family (displayed at the museum June 12 – September 20, 2009). The Asian Art Museum borrowed over 160 artworks from the Hosokawa family collection housed in the Eisei Bunko Museum in Tokyo, the Kumamoto Castle and the Kumamoto Prefectural Museum in Kyushu. The artworks included full suits
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    Published on 03-09-2010 10:13 AM
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    3. Crating,
    4. Art/Object Handling,
    5. Shipping,
    6. Materials,
    7. Technology,
    8. Conservation,
    9. Registration,
    10. Storage,
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    by T. Ashley McGrew



    Michael Van Hook scanning barcodes on packed boxes

    Completed in June of 2004 and spanning a 5 year period, over 800,000 objects were documented, packed and relocated at the National Museum of American Indian. This collection is now one of the most thoroughly documented collections of its type and size due to the digital imaging component integrated into the move process. It is also one of the more accessible collections due to the addition of a barcoding system that was also integrated into the move project.
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    Published on 03-08-2010 01:28 PM
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    By Drew Talley, Registrar (photographs by Darryl A. Smith)



    The California African American Museum (CAAM) recently reopened after a 3.8 million dollar renovation to improve and update its infrastructure, which lasted 18 months. Improvements included automated remote monitoring HVAC system, CCTV security system, dry-pipe fire suppression system, hardwood floor installation, new roof and automated light dimmer system. CAAM is a midsize museum in Los Angeles funded by the State of California with a 1.8 million dollar annual budget and a 3,000-object collection. The Museum had to relocate its collection during this time period and I will summarize how the museum was able to ...
    Published on 03-08-2010 01:16 PM
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    by Richard Hinson

    I can't say how many times I have received an object from another museum, gallery, or lender that was not properly packed. When museum objects or artifacts are sent out into the world, they need to be protected. Soft wrapping them is an economical, safe, and efficient way to get them where they need to go. Typically these objects will be wrapped in bubble wrap or packing blankets. Many times I have seen things wrapped with so much tape that it becomes difficult to
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