Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Time Between Shows -- Part IV
SMMOA's Lisa Melandri

Here's another entry in our continuing series of asking museum and gallery curators and directors about how they feel about, and experience, the time between shows -- the period following the public end of one exhibition and the public opening of the next.

[Previous: curators; a preparator; photos.]

"I think that there is often a sadness at seeing something go that you enjoyed and worked on for so long but it is a quick reaction because you are really focused and sometimes anxious about the logistical concerns of the 'next one'— the crates arriving on time, the installation going smoothly, and then the thrill of seeing all the work out and in the same place. A little sadness gives way to an extraordinary amount of excitement and expectation."

-- Lisa Melandri, Deputy Director for Exhibitions and Programs, Santa Monica Museum of Art