Walk the Painting (S2, E5) | AT THE MUSEUM

With the museum finally closed, it’s all hands on deck to get everything ready for the October reopening. Art handlers, designers, conservators, and curators take over the galleries to begin the transformation. Works are cleaned, disassembled, relocated while new areas of the Museum receive their first installations.


0:58 Art handler Bo Berkman confers with conservator Anny Aviram about dusting the paintings as they move from gallery to gallery.

2:31 Art handlers remove the last of the ultrasound gel and rusty pins from Anicka Yi’s “Shameplex.”

2:54 Conservator Megan Randall disassembles Tauba Auerbach’s “Altar/Engine.”

4:30 Signage goes up to announce the new MoMA.

5:03 Artists Phil Edelstein and John Driscoll lead the installation of David Tudor’s “Rainforest V (variation 1),” the inaugural work to be seen in the Studio, a new space dedicated to media and performance.

5:46 Curator Ana Janevski introduces Rosalind Fox Solomon, a photographer working on a project photographing MoMA staff, to Edelstein.

6:43 Creative Director Ingrid Chou and the design team debate wayfinding sign locations.

7:17 Vincent van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” comes down from the wall. Art handlers escort it to the conservation department for cleaning.

8:40 Anny Aviram recalls the last time the Museum lent Picasso’s “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” to another museum.


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