A quick update

I just wanted to fill you all in on a few of the plans for the coming semester that we have made.

But first, some general news: The UIMA staff is still sharing offices with the Museum of Natural History staff in Macbride Hall. Buffie Tucker, Pat Hanick, and I have invaded Sarah Horgan's office in room 14 and somehow managed to quite comfortably fit three more desks in the space! In room 11, the Natural History Museum's main office, Cindy Opitz (MNH Collections Manager) now shares with Betty Breazeale, our secretary, Jeff Martin (Registrar/Exhibitions), Steve Erikson (Preparator) and several students. Three other staffers got an office to share on the second floor: Dale Fisher (Education Director), J.J. Kohl (Education Assistant), and Dave Riep (African art curator). Pam White (Interim Director) and Kathy Edward (Chief Curator) are sharing the space in room 10. And our security guards are currently helping out at Old Capitol Museum and monitoring progress at the UIMA building. Thanks to everyone who has stopped by to visit us in our new digs -- we really appreciate you thinking of us! And a big thanks to the MNH staff for making room. We can't say enough about how good you've been to put up with us.

Now, for the future. The good news is that we will still be able to host two of the temporary exhibitions we had planned. We've lost our big show, Jess: To and From the Printed Page because we don't have a large enough space to house it, but the other two shows are smaller and we've found venues for them. One, an exhibition of prints by Daniel Heyman about the Abu Grhaib prisoners, will be in the Old Capitol Humanities Gallery; and the other, and exhibition of early hip-hop photographs by Harry Allen (writer associated with Public Enemy) will happen in a yet-to-be-determined location. Both of these shows will be really great and have some fun programming associated with them, so keep your eyes peeled for more info.

We've also managed to squeeze almost all of our programing (Writer-in-Residence Readings, Know the Score, etc.) onto Old Cap's calendar. In addition, all of our docents will be meeting at Old Cap -- the collection may not be physically in Iowa City, but there's still plenty of work to be done, and we need the help of our docents, volunteers, and patrons more than ever.

We're still planning to put out our magazine in late August that will detail this schedule, so look for it in the mail. Other than that, I'm going to try to post something on the blog at least once a week from here on out, just to keep you all in the loop about what's going on here!

--Maggie Anderson


Anonymous said...

What about the security guards that worked in the building. Seems like all you staff has a place to go but we hear nothing about the guards that put their lives on hold to make sure the collection stayed safe while you all slept at night.

University of Iowa Museum of Art said...

Of course! Our security guards did an AMAZING job during the flood. Ken Friedhoff, our head of security, worked above and beyond to arrange 24-hour security for the UIMA building. I think he worked something like 14 days straight, 12-hour shifts! The other security guards also worked long hours protecting the art work and the building, and I know the staff is incredibly grateful to them. Everyone involved in the effort to save the art has done an incredible job, including the security guards and the UIMA staff, many of whom worked long hours during the flood, and the amazing volunteers, who were willing to come in for late shifts at 10 p.m. to help out. It’s been a group effort, through and through, and we definitely want to convey our appreciation to everyone involved!

As for what our guards are doing now, the Pentacrest Museums have enlisted their help for the time being to help with building security at Old Capitol; they are also continuing to monitor the cleaning process at the UIMA building.

I hope this helps to clarify!