Curating at the Lilly: Week Eleven

I’ve been beating the heat outside by enjoying the amply air-conditioned Reading Room at the Lilly and writing away. I’m progressing very well. I’ve drafted over half of my labels and delivered my cart of exhibit items to Conservation. While I finish up my labels, the Conservation department will check the condition of and prep…

Curating at the Lilly: Week Ten

you can’t you can never be sure / you die without knowing / whether anything you wrote was any good / if you have to be sure don’t write Final stanza from “Berryman” by W. S. Merwin, published in Migration: New & Selected Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2005). Back in May, I read this quote…

Curating at the Lilly: Week Nine

This week, truth be told, I did not work very much on my internship. This week was my “vacation” week. However, I did meet with our exhibition specialist from our Conservation Department. Everything seems to be progressing well. The exhibit items have been selected, measured, and positioned with plenty of room for explanatory text. In…

Curating at the Lilly: Week Eight

After careful reflection, our internship supervisor has decided I should take over the intern exhibit by myself while my co-intern works on another project. I think this decision is for the best. The intern exhibit is important, but the Lilly’s priorities are changing as preparations for the renovation gear up. My co-intern’s personality and abilities…

Curating at the Lilly: Week Seven

This week, I bid farewell to Sherlock and return my attention to Bacon (Sir Francis, that is). Our intern-curated exhibit is due to be installed about mid-August, which is fast approaching! It’s time, perhaps past time, to make some final decisions about the objects that will form our chains of connection. We need to finalize…

Curating at the Lilly: Week Five

Preparations for the guest curator’s visit to the Lilly are wrapping up. By the end of the week, we had managed to carve out a corner in the Reading Room filled with boxes and books all about Sherlock Holmes and one of the most preeminent literary societies dedicated to the detective — the Baker Street…

Curating at the Lilly: Week Three

Brainstorming for our Six Degrees exhibit continues. As I study the Instauratio Magna (aka Novum Organum (“New Instrument”)) and possible degrees of association, I realize there are so many different directions of connection I can take. Books (and other printed works) can have so much in common with one another, including author, translator, printer, publisher,…

Curating at the Lilly: Week Two

Plans have changed–slightly. My co-intern and I were going to curate an exhibit on the theme of “Beginnings and Endings,” but during a joint brainstorming session, we thought of a completely different theme. And our idea is not so much a “theme” as it is an experimental approach to special collections exhibition. What if we…