Upstairs, Downstairs…

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As the Ackland’s Museum Administrator—the person responsible for finance, HR, security, and facilities—most of my time is spent handling the administrative side of museum operations in the upstairs offices. Planning and mounting exhibitions as ambitious as our newly-opened one, The Sahmat Collective: Art and Activism in India since 1989, is so complex and requires so much in the way of lead time, logistics, paperwork, etc., that it is sometimes hard for me to get away from my desk, wander in the galleries downstairs, and discover what the exhibition will be all about.

Suzanne Rucker and Diane Davis at "The Sahmat Collective"That’s why I enjoy going to our exhibition openings. It’s a great way for me to see how what I do contributes to the whole process and to see how our visitors enjoy and are enriched by our work. Here I am (left) with Diane Davis, the Ackland’s digital archivist, getting up close and personal with one of the pieces in The Sahmat Collective.

Congratulations to all my co-workers. The Sahmat Collective is a moving experience. Come, contemplate, enjoy!

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