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What is the most rewarding aspect of your position?:
Spending time with the museum’s secret gems! We have close to 30,000 objects in our collection, with only 3-5% on view in our collection galleries (that’s about 900 – 1,500 objects). As the Museum’s registrar, one of my responsibilities is the inventory of the Museum’s collection. I work with the Museum’s art handlers and a group of dedicated students who work in my office and assist with the cataloging. We spend time each week going through the collection vaults confirming that the objects are properly identified with object tags, have either a written or visual description of the object and that they are stored in the correct location. The best part of the whole process is seeing the excitement on the faces of my colleagues and students when we discover unique pieces.
How did you get into museum work?:
I was fortunate to grow up overseas and spent much of my time visiting museums and cultural sites. I was always super interested in the behind-the-scenes glimpses I would get when visiting. Secret walls opening, art moving, and I would wonder what was happening in those staff-only spaces, and how I could enter that secret world. In the course of completing my degrees, I found the wonderful world of collections management and the position of registrar. The field combined all the aspects I loved about studying art; hands-on time with objects, installations, art law, and history. I have had the honor of working with many wonderful collections throughout the country, and for a brief moment in the lives of the objects be their caretaker.
Favorite work in the Snite Museum of Art?:
Emilio Sanchez (Cuban, 1921 – 1999), House with Yellow Fence, 1979 – 1989, oil on canvas. Gift of the Emilio Sanchez Foundation, 2010.011.002. The painting depicts a little yellow Caribbean style house with a deep porch, bright green door, and a steel and cement fence post. The house is evocative of houses commonly found in Cuba, and in American cities where Cuban immigrants took up residence (such as Miami’s famous Little Havana). As a Cuban-American, Sanchez’s work resonates with me on a deeply personal level. When I see this painting, I am instantly reminded of the sights, sounds, and smells of some of my best childhood memories.