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The Delicate Dance of Assembling a Museum Exhibit

Conservator Kathryn Etre places the lid of the horse pyxis carefully onto an object support bag to ready it for transport.
Credit Dan Raby / WABE
Audio version of this story here.

You find yourself standing at a museum display learning something new; maybe even transported, for a moment, to another time and place.

This is the goal, at least, of entire crews of people who work together at places like Emory’s Michael C. Carlos Museum to make such displays happen. But what leads to that point? What really goes into placing a work of ancient art on display?

WABE’s Kate Sweeney paid a visit to the Carlos to find out.

Broadcast version of story that aired Friday, June 20, 2014

  This story is one of several companion radio pieces WABE will produce to accompany Arts ATL‘s new series, “Behind the Scenes.” The series pulls back the curtain on the backstage goings-on at a number of Atlanta arts institutions, from the Atlanta Ballet to the Center for Puppetry Arts. You can read this week’s companion article by Donna Mintz, here.