If you’ve been to the museum lately, you might be wondering what is occurring behind the screens and beneath the newly darkened ceiling outside of our first floor galleries.
Here is what’s happening: we’re bringing Bali to you! Museum exhibition staff have been busy unpacking loans, condition checking objects, arranging cases, and even building a Balinese pavilion under our own roof.
We still have two weeks until the exhibition opens to the public, but here’s a quick peek of what we’re doing between now and then.
Senior Registrar Sharon Steckline checks up on a set of gold earrings, held secure with their new custom mounts.
While the galleries are being prepared, borrowed objects are carefully unpacked.
After unpacking, objects such as this spectacular barong mask must be condition checked before installation.
Because of its large size, the pavilion in Vinson gallery was transported disassembled. Here it is being put back together.
Exhibition Designer Stephen Penkowsky supervises the placement of carved statues in Osher gallery.
The galleries begin to take shape as the objects move into place.