The Exh Files: Part 3

Everything you have always wanted to know about how exhibitions get done, but you’ve never dared ask. The Exh Files bring you into the belly of the monster, not only to shed light on the curatorial process of Talk to Me, but also to cast the spotlight on the unsung heroes and heroines whose work is critical to the success of a show. For the duration of the exhibition, twice a week we will post three profiles of MoMA colleagues that were involved in the making of this show, and of many other MoMA exhibitions.

Steven Burkart

Lead Preparator

Title at MoMA: Preparator
Been working at the Museum for: 9 years
A brief bio: Have a great interest in art (painting and sculpture) and a love of architecture and design. I studied Painting and Drawing at CCAD in Ohio and mix doing my art and spending time with my family.
Passion outside MoMA: One of my big passions outside of MoMA is Golf!
What I did in Talk to Me: During the installation of Talk to Me, I worked as Lead Preparator, helping to organize the installation and leading the team of preparators that installed the artwork.
Curatorial Team says: This is our second show in a year working with Steve as our Lead–and from typefaces to crowbots, he can HANDLE anything.

Mike Gibbons

Audio Visual

Title at MoMA: Audio Visual Technician
Been working at the museum for: 6 Years
A brief bio: I have a B.A. in Communications Art. Before working at MoMA I worked for an Audio Visual Integration Company named A/V Services for about 5 years. I was one of the outside venders that helped with the renovation of MoMA.
Passion outside of MoMA: Working with rescue animals and doing home improvement projects.
What I did in talk to me: I worked closely with the Curator (Paola), Curatorial Assistant (Kate) and Exhibition & Production Manager (Betty) to spec out, install and maintain all the audio visual components of the gallery.
Curatorial Team says: Mike actually planned the show with us and coordinated the team that installed more than 80 pieces that amongst screens and kiosks in the show. He really makes EVERYTHING run here at MoMA, and like everyone else, he tends to be way too modest.

Allegra Burnette

Digital Media

Title at MoMA: Creative Director, Digital Media Department
Been working at the museum for: 9+ years
A brief bio: I oversee the design and production for the museum’s website,, as well as mobile devices, interpretive kiosks and digital displays. I also teach a graduate class on museums in the digital age in the online museum studies program at Johns Hopkins University.
Passion outside of MoMA: Ceramics (wheel-throwing).
What I did in Talk to Me: Creative oversight of the website—but Shannon did all the work! 🙂
Curatorial Team says: Allegra and Paola have worked together for eons and as usual Allegra was ALSO an invaluable advisor and the most creative and supportive colleague one could dream of.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.