Setting Up an Exhibition
Where do I begin when setting up an exhibition? It doesn’t matter whether I am working on a group exhibition or a solo exhibition the first step is always the same. I view and measure the space where the exhibition will take place. If that isn’t possible I request a gallery or floor plan. Still there is nothing better than viewing the space in person. Why, because you make discoveries, such as wooden wainscoting, railings and light switches.
Once in the space where the exhibition will take place, I (actually the Senior Executive Director of Studio Operations aka my husband) takes picture. We measure the space and make notes. The measurements are transferred to the images.
Now it is my turn, really. I create “walls” scaled down to a 12:1 – actual size of wall to planning paper wall size. Next I do the very same thing with the quilts to be hung. I print their scaled images. This allows me to curate the exhibition. Here’s a great tip: use Zig’s (or similar product) two way glue. If you let the glue dry completely it functions like a Post-It note. In other words it sticks, but can be removed again and again. Once I am satisfied with the exhibition layout, I save it in a file folder until it is time to hang the exhibition.
The Big Day Arrives
Finally the big day arrives, it is time to hang the exhibition. I gather up the art, the SEDOSO (husband) gathers up tools and other necessaries and we head to the venue. I have the file folder with the scaled exhibition plan handy. The SEDOSO working with the facilities manager climb ladders, hammer hooks in the walls and measure the walls for where those hooks needed to be located. I let them know what will hang where using my scaled exhibition as a guide. “We” hung 16 artworks in 90 minutes. We spent a little longer in order to take pictures. Now that’s how to hang an exhibition!
I finished my Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt!
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