Another Art World Shenanigan (and another reason I love my job)

25 03 2012

How did you spend your Friday?

I spent 8 hours of mine making this installation happen for the black-tie opening gala for Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective at the DAM.

This installation, called Black Pearls, draped down three floors of the El Pomar Atrium at the DAM. It consisted of 2000 balloons tied to a central line of parachute cord. No big deal right?

Along with 10 of my museum peeps, I started work at 7:30am. And because the Museum was open from 10am-3pm on Friday we staged the massive 400 foot length of balloon-y goodness in the auditorium.

We cranked up a little reggae through the Museum auditorium’s dolby sound system and had a grand time blowing up and bouncing balloons around. The process took until 3pm, at which time the Museum closed and we could begin to snake the 400 feet of balloons up the stairs from the lower level to the main level of the atrium.

Once we had the massive snake of balloons in place in the atrium we began the process of fluffing and filling in the line (we invariably had some popping occur during transport). By 5:30pm we were free to leave to get ready for the gala, and arrived back at the Museum at 6:45pm all dolled-up and ready for an amazing night of fashion, friends, and cocktails. (And a little added excitement of a balloon occasionally popping!)

YSLgala

Cheers!





The countdown continues!

17 02 2012

Today’s post is inspired by Kakko-Dango at Genbikei Gorge, Iwate Prefecture, Japan: known for its flying dumplings! The owners of this small kitchen send a basket across the gorge on a wire, customers place money in the basket and send it back. In just a few short minutes dumplings and green tea come back down the wire, over the gorge, just as they have done for over a century!

It’s only 21 days until the black-tie opening gala for Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective exhibition at the Denver Art Museum! I’m now more worried about this event (what to wear?!) than our trip to Japan, which is in…

28 days!

I can’t wait!





The Joys of My Job

15 02 2012

When I start to feel a bit more like a travel agent/personal assistant/paper-pusher than a ‘museum professional’ my colleagues invariably step in and remind me how cool it is to work at a museum. Yesterday my good friend and colleague in the technology department stopped by to say hi. We got to talking and he mentioned how much work he’s putting in to one exhibition in particular. Today I met my friend/colleague for a behind the scenes walk-through of the exhibition he’s been putting so much work into: Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective opening March 25, 2012 at the DAM!

My job is pretty cool after all. Oh, and the director or technology told me today: this exhibition is going to be off the chain! And he’s right. Don’t miss it.

Image credit: Black velvet sheath dress, Paris Rose Satin Bow, Paris Haute Couture Collection, Fall-Winter 1983. Photo Gilles Tapie. ©Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, Paris.








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