What do you do if you own a million things?

The Met owns so much it has no where to hang it all!

The Met owns so much it has no where to hang it all! Sorry this is rotated. WordPress isn’t playing fair.

What do you do if you own a miilion things? by Michael Tinkler
What do you do if you own a miilion things?, a photo by Michael Tinkler on Flickr.

Professor Cowen was asking about the deadweight loss of stuff in storage in museums. Look at one way the Met tries to get around that. Suboptimal viewing experience – but they’re still up. This is the┬áThe Henry R. Luce Center for the Study of American Art, which they claim is everything that’s not up in the main galleries.

4 thoughts on “What do you do if you own a million things?

  1. Have you been to the Smithsonian’s Portrait Gallery/Museum of American Art in D.C. since the renovation? They’re doing much the same thing with their “open storage” areas. Because there’s little to no caption information alongside the works, it’s not ideal for browsing, but if there’s a work in the collection you’ve long hoped to see, you can at least pop up there and find it without the disappointment of learning it’s packed away somewhere.

    • Oh no, I haven’t! I’ll have to give that a visit this spring!! Thanks! How is it organized – chronologically?

      • I’m afraid I’ve only zipped through the area quickly, but it appeared to be organized in chronological and thematic chunks. (The open-storage area is in one of the lovely old areas of the building with multi-story balconies. Inside each aisle are chairs or padded benches, which I found a thoughtful touch.)

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