Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Why Sixty Inches?

Claudia Parducci's piece is the star of the current TAM show, What's New, Pussycat.

This blog doesn't want to give away too much more about the piece -- please, go see it in person for yourself.

When you're there, keep in mind not just what went into Parducci creating the work, but also the curatorial decision to include the work in the show as well as the crucial decision where to hang the work. Parducci's piece is given -- much deserved -- prominence in the exhibition.

Also keep in mind the work done in the days before the exhibition opened, by the volunteer installers who came to TAM at director Max Presneill's request.

Padrucci's work includes nearly two dozen separate elements. Each had to be adroitly hung. During installation week, Presneill huddled with his volunteers to decide how, and where, to center the overall piece.

Presneill said the middle of the work should be sixty inches off the ground.

Later, he explained that that's at the high-end of the museum and gallery norm, which can be as low as 54-inches.

Related: Here's a link to a discussion, in part, about eye-level being 63-inches.

And: Eye-level is such an important behind-the-scenes topic in the fine art world that the group blog produced by the Smithsonian Institute is called... "Eye Level."