• Art/Object Handling

    by Published on 05-19-2010 01:48 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 06:00 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 10:12 PM
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    6. Rigging
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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 04-14-2010 06:00 AM
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    Compiled by Ashley McGrew
    Originally posted 8/30/08
    Updated 11/27/08, 4/25/09 and 6/14/09

    Just as the design of crate interiors and interior containers can determine how the objects they contain are initially handled, there is a relationship between crate design and the tools and methods that will be used to move them.


    ABOUT PALLET TRUCKS AND CRATE DESIGN


    Stability and Efficiency
    Materials moved on pallets usually create a rough cube that will fit two-wide on most trucks and in containers. They effectively use the space and are not prone to tipping. When configuring crates that have multiple objects one recommended approach is to design them to have a broad footprint and a low center of gravity to enhance stability. This type of crate is a natural to be moved by pallet truck.

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    by Published on 03-16-2010 08:22 AM
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    4. Technology,
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    Radio frequency identification (RFID) asset tracking has made its way into art handling. Fine Art Shipping began working with it in early 2009, and we are in a fine-tuning stage with the system. RFID shares barcoding’s facilitation of electronic databases in inventory maintenance, but takes the concept a step further. The idea is to improve the accuracy and efficiency of our storage maintenance operations by eliminating several points of potential human error and object handling. And apart from the nearly completed updating of our existing storage with RFID, it has already provided savings on some jobs by streamlining every stage in tracking our custody of objects - up to and including billing.
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    Published on 03-10-2010 08:36 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 03-10-2010 11:11 AM
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    Held on Friday, November 14, 2008 at the Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA.



    This is a summary of the one-day Art Handling Workshop that PACIN co-sponsored on Friday November 14th at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.



    The workshop was co-sponsored and organized by RC-WR (Registrar’s Committee Western Region), CAM (Californian Association of Museums), CERA (California Exhibition Resources Alliance) and PACIN. Sharing the organization of the Workshop made for an efficient, cost effective and well promoted event. In total 131 delegates attended. In initial planning we were expecting 50-75 delegates.





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