The Exh Files: Part 5

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.

Lucas Gonzalez

Audio Visual

Title at MoMA: Audio Visual Technician
Been working at the museum for: 6 years
A brief bio: I was born in Bogota, Colombia, but grew up in New York City. Came up as an audio engineer in live venues in the city, before transitioning to audio visual at MoMA.
Passion outside of MoMA: Outside of MoMA I play music and dabble in writing and drawing. I used to travel quite a bit and want to get back to it. I like food.
What I did in Talk to Me: We prepped, wired and installed most monitors, projectors, iPads, itouch, and kiosk stations in the gallery. We maintain them throughout the show.
Curatorial Team says: We’re talking about more than 80 monitors. In the hectic lead up to Talk to Me, the whole A/V crew and Lucas in particular were the ones that kept their cool, and got us all through.

David Hart

Digital Media

Title at MoMA: Media Producer, Digital Media Department
Been working at the museum for: 5 years
A brief bio: I work on projects across the museum with an emphasis on online video and education. I am stopped on the street for directions in any country I visit.
Passion outside of MoMA: Food, comedy, occasional doodles.
What I did in Talk to Me: David planned the upcoming free live video-streaming walkthroughs on September 6 and 13. He also provided voiceover for a secret Talk to Me project.
Curatorial Team says: David is the most enthusiastic colleague–he is happy to work with us on any idea we might have, from interviewing objects to whispering sweet words throughout the whole museum. Only recently did he learn to say no, and we are all very proud of him for that.

John Wood


Title at MoMA: Carpenter
Been working at the museum for: 6 years
A brief bio: I grew up in Texas and moved to New York about 20 years ago. I played percussion with a touring band called Native for 10 years. After that I worked as a cabinet maker for 12 years before coming to MoMA.
Passion outside MoMA: Science, space, human-space flight, birds, rocks, geology, planetary science. I’m a big NASA enthusiast and was able to attend the last space shuttle launch in July.
What he did in Talk to Me: I built the cabinets and mock-ups and was involved starting from the designing process.
Curatorial Team says: Woody, along with the entire carpentry shop, is a miracle worker. Please notice the rounded edges (a toast to Talking Carl) and other breathless details in the installation, the revals, joints, corners that make the exhibition design so elegant.

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