Tuesday, October 27, 2009
The National Museum of African Art Production Shop
One of the things people may not realize is that most everything you see in our galleries is built in house. This is certainly going to be the case for the Shonibare exhibition. We are building the platforms on which the artworks are display; even an open theater. It is a team effort. Some of us have spent a fair amount of time lifted ten feet in the air as we get beams in place.
The production shop consists of two areas, Cabinet shop and Paint shop. The cabinet shop employs two full time journeymen exhibit cabinet makers. The shop is fully equipped with the state of the art equipment, Computerized Panel Saw, Tables saws, Planer, Jointer, Band saw, Radial arm saw and a complete dust system. Hand tools are a must in fabrication and the shop has a complete inventory that any craftsmen would dream to have.
The cabinet shop takes on all exhibit fabrication ranging from custom built cases, platform, label rails, graphic panels and other components for the exhibits. Our exhibits are rotating exhibits the change out every three to four months and they are located in four major galleries on first floor and one on second floor of the museum. Some of the outstanding exhibits this year are Disney African Vision, Artful Animals, and Yinka Shonibare. All of these are first class jobs.
The paint shop employee’s one full time painting specialist. The shop is also fully equipped with the state of the art equipment. Computerized paint mixing machine, spray booth, and top of the line spray guns, a painters dream shops.
The paint shop takes on all exhibits ranging from the prep work and painting of cases, platforms, wall panels, graphic panels, and all other components. The painting specialist provides the top of the line finishes of galleries and the public space of the museum.
Enjoy some images from the initial exhibit construction.