Episode Seven: “Art’s Coming”

With reopening on the horizon, artworks filled the galleries for the first time in months.
Sean Yetter October 25, 2019

In this episode, just one month remains until MoMA opens its doors to the public. Works in the collection find new homes in the galleries, while artists stop by to view their installations in advance of the reopening.

Table of Contents

0:17 - Conservator Megan Randall inquires about cleaning Richard Serra’s Equal.

0:45 - Director of Exhibition Design and Production Lana Hum and construction manager Marc Losquadro finalize details before installation begins in the galleries.

1:35 Film expeditor Andy Haas takes a break from delivering film reels to theaters to play saxophone in the Sculpture Garden.

2:12 - Artist Sarah Sze makes an addition to her work Triple Point (Pendulum) and chats with curator Michelle Kuo and conservator Ellen Moody.

3:40 - Artist Haim Steinbach installs his work hello again on the walls of the new lobby.

4:38 - Matthew Truss, vocal coach of National Chorale, directs a group of children as they rehearse performances of Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla’s Fault Lines.

7:03 - Art handlers install sculptures by Constantin Brancusi.

7:38 - Curator Anne Umland surveys the progress of the fifth floor’s installation.

9:03 - Preparator Elizabeth Riggle mounts a series of photo-booth self-portraits.

9:35 - Conservator Michael Duffy puts the finishing touches on the restoration Henri Rousseau’s Sleeping Gypsy.

Season two of our At the Museum video series offers a behind-the-scenes, cross-departmental view of MoMA’s staff preparing for the Museum’s reopening in October. Watch the previous seven episodes now.