Schedule



Spring 2021 Season - Days/Times Forthcoming



Nation Building with Antonio Pacheco / A bi-weekly look at the state of public architecture in the United States, including interviews, news items, reading suggestions, and historical/theoretical frameworks for understanding public architecture more broadly.

Grounds with Amanda Ugorji / Inter-generational interviews with artists, designers, and planners that ask what existential questions they have been working through lately and how they make their decisions.

Still Standing with Eytan Levi and Ben Hoyle / Interviews with experts about the renovation of Soviet mass housing.

Conversations on Care with Ana MiljaĨki

MUSEUM MISSIVES Shownotes for Ep 1: Packing


Richard Littler's satirical poster for the 2022 Festival of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, nodding to the 1951 original (Source: Dezeen)


Below are sources for everything I referred to in the show. If you missed this week's episode, you can listen to it here.

Rene Huyghe, “Coordination of International Art Exhibitions,” July 1950 https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000145331
““I am always a bit baffled…” Grace McCann Morley to Mrs. John G. Philips, 10 September 1953. Box 103: 11, Museum Administration: General Correspondence, 1953, SFMOMA Archives.
“When the time comes…” Grace McCann Morley to Elodie Courter, 8 November 1945. Box 69:1, Outgoing Correspondence, 1945 Oct-Nov, SFMOMA Archives.
 “These have been very difficult times…” Grace McCann Morley to Richard E. Fuller, 31 October 1945. Box 69:1, Outgoing Correspondence, 1945 Oct-Nov, SFMOMA Archives.
UNESCO Exhibitions of Color Reproductions: Rachel E. Perry, “Immutable Mobiles: UNESCO's Archives of Colour Reproductions,” The Art Bulletin, Vol. 99, No. 2, 2017. https://caa.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00043079.2017.1252611
“I think I’d let somebody else pack the pictures.” Russell Lynes, Good Old Modern: An Intimate Portrait of the Museum of Modern Art, p. 261.
History of MoMA’s Department of Circulating Exhibitions: https://www.moma.org/research-and-learning/archives/finding-aids/CEf.html
Elodie Courter Osborn’s Manual of Travelling Exhibitions for UNESCO: https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000001213
Her comment on “This way up” is on ???, and there are similar comments in Dorothy H Dudley, Museum Registration Methods (1958), p.200
“C for coperchio…” Barbara Furlotti, Antiquities in Motion: From Excavation Sites to Renaissance Collections
MoMA’s first architecture exhibition: https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/2044 
“Alaska meant Algeria…” Louis C. Barail, Packaging Engineering (New York: Reinhold, 1954), 295
On French-American artistic exchange: Katherine L. Wells, “Revival,” in Weaving Modernism: Postwar Tapestry between Paris and New York (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2018)
On the showing of the tapestries at the Met: James Moske, “An American Voyage for French Tapestries,” https://www.metmuseum.org/blogs/now-at-the-met/2015/american-voyage-for-french-tapestries
On a more recent tapestry exhibition: Sarah Mallory, “Behind the Scenes: Hanging the Tapestries in Grand Design,https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2014/grand-design/blog/posts/hanging-the-tapestries
“I should like to know who the hell did” Dudley Easby to William Taylor, 7 December 195?, Metropolitan Museum of Art archives
“Traditional collapsible display cases…” Re-reading the Manual of Travelling Exhibitions, 147.
“The Museum has a team of skilled packers…”Peter Floud, draft script of a radio interview (n.d. 1948), Re-reading the Manual of Travelling Exhibitions, 149. Original in MA/15/14, V&A Archives.
“Useful Household Objects under $5” (1938) https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/2745
“Useful Objects of American Design under $10” (1940) https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/2789
The Value of Good Design (2019) https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/5032
On the V&A’s Circulation Department, Joanna Weddell, “The Ethos of the Victoria and Albert Museum Circulation Department 1947-1960” in Design Objects and the Museum, Bloomsbury Academic, 2016
“Prime Minister Atlee’s goals for state-control and reconstruction.” Re-reading the Manual of Travelling Exhibitions, 145
“The history of lithography, to English watercolors, to decorative woven textiles, to English chairs.” Joanna Weddell, “The Ethos of the Victoria and Albert Museum Circulation Department 1947-1960” in Design Objects and the Museum, Bloomsbury Academic, 2016, p.16
2022 Festival of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festival_of_Great_Britain_and_Northern_Ireland
Using wads of paper for packing works of art: Hugh Wakefield, “Methods of Packing in the Victoria and Albert Museum,”International Institute for Conservation, in Recent Advances in Conservation, Rome 1961, 16-18.
Images of these pictures can also be found in the illustration section at the back of UNESCO’s revised handbook, Temporary and Travelling Exhibitions (1963) https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000002870
Wikipedia on wood wool: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood_wool
“the first permanent interpretive space for adults…” https://www.moma.org/interactives/mining_education/katharine-kuh/

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