The Preparator’s Handbook :A Practical Guide for Preparing and Installing Collection Objects is an invaluable resource for emerging museum professionals or anyone working in galleries and collections with little-to-no previous preparatory experience or training.
This handbook explores, explains, and illustrates the basics for the preparation and installation professionals.
- practical, step-by-step guides that outline museum-standard procedures for most types of collection objects, including works on paper, archival volumes, and historic artifacts.
- templates and guides for presentation, preservation, and collection storage
- illustrated inventories of standard and specialized tools, materials and hardware
- the basics of lighting, audio, and video in installations.
- unique case-studies from working professionals for a wide-range of objects and installations including examples from the Field Museum, the Corning Museum of Glass, and the Folger Shakespeare Library.
- Over 50 illustrations and photographs that accompany the written text.
This practical book is the first of its kind: a guide for novice or amateur collection and gallery professionals as well as an academic textbook for museum studies and fine art students.
Table of Contents
List of Figures
Chapter 1: What is a Preparator?
Chapter 2: Object Handling: A Philosophical Approach
Chapter 3: Preparation in Action: Pack it, but don’t touch it: A case study of the trope
Meredith Weimer, Associate Collections Registrar, Portland Museum of Art
Chapter 4: Prep Management
Chapter 5: Preparation in Action: New Glass Now
Warren Bunn II, Collections and Exhibitions Manager, The Corning Museum of Glass
Chapter 6: Two-Dimensional Object Preparation
Chapter 7: Preparation in Action: Mounting Scrolls for Exhibition
Donia Conn, Assistant Professor of Practice, School of Library and Information Science, Simmons University
Chapter 8: Three-Dimensional Object Preparation
Chapter 9: Preparation in Action: Simple Fosshape Supports for Textiles
Kirsten Schoonmaker, Textile Conservator
CHAPTER 10: Preparation in Action: The Object Directs the Process: Creating Ethafoam Cradles for the Field Museum’s Vertebrate Paleontological Collection
Adrienne Stroup, Collections Assistant, The Field Museum
Chapter 11: Installation Of Objects
Chapter 12: Preparation in Action: The Preparator at the Stone Quarry Art Park
Emily Zaengle, Executive Director, Stone Quarry Art Park
Chapter 13: Practical Basics For Lighting, Audio, And Video
Chapter 14: Preparator’s Resources
About the Author
Based on his own extensive experience and that of museum colleagues, Saluti’s handbook should quickly take its place among best practice references for the museum field. Clear, concise, yet comprehensive, it offers both big picture contextuality and detailed instructions that preparators in any type of museum will find useful, if not essential.
This book provides detailed insight into the varied work of a museum preparator, work that everyone in the museum should be aware of. It is an excellent resource for both entry level and seasoned museum professionals, and it could certainly serve as a textbook in college- and graduate-level Museum Studies courses. Saluti draws on his vast experiences in the field, demonstrating a thorough and practical knowledge of materials, object preparation, and installation techniques throughout the text, all of which is heightened by the inclusion of actual case studies from colleagues at various institutions.