DMA Member Exclusive: “Art + Design” Installation in Action

The DMA’s dedicated preparators, registrars, conservators, and curators have worked passionately and carefully to bring Contemporary Art + Design: New Acquisitions to life! Check out these behind-the-scenes snapshots of what it was like to install the wide-ranging works in this show, now on view at the DMA.

The space is prepared for artworks to be hung and installed.
The Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Vivian Crockett, works on placement of Michael Williams’s Middle Game 2 with preparators Taylor Kite and Erick Baker.
Preparators Sean Cairns, Mike Hill, and Taylor Kite install hanging hardware for Afro Love and Envy by Chris Ofili. The painting will rest on the dung balls featured in the foreground.
Preparators Sean Cairns and Mike Hill adjust Afro Love and Envy.
Interim Chief Conservator Fran Baas and preparator Erick Baker work together to install Tracy Hicks’s Freedman’s Field.
Preparator Brian Peterman installs the artist-made can lighting above Freedman’s Field.
Interim Chief Conservator Fran Baas cleans Ron Arad’s Big Easy Volume 2 for 2.
Interim Chief Curator and The Margot B. Perot Senior Curator of Decorative Arts, Sarah Schleuning, strikes a pose in the gallery.
Preparators Russell Sublette, Doug Velek, and Mike Hill lower Misha Kahn’s Tingle Tangle Mingle Mangle into place.
The preparators work to center the sculpture in place.


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