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Philadelphia Museum of Art: Installation of Early American Art Galleries

One of the major projects during my internship at the Philadelphia Museum of Art was the installation of the museum's new Early American Art galleries. This project represents years of collaborative work across museum departments and coincided with the unveiling of new building renovations at the PMA designed by Architect Frank Gehry. The installation of furniture in the galleries was coordinated by former Assistant Conservator of Furniture Liz Peirce. In addition to working alongside the rest of the Furniture Conservation team to vacuum and dust every piece of furniture that was installed in the galleries, I assisted in several aspects of the installation including assembling and disassembling tall case clocks, installing and fabricating mounts for a French-style bedstead, and collaborating with Conservation Photographer Jason Wierzbicki to fabricate a three-dimensional photographic representation of a drawer signed by Philadelphia cabinetmaker Thomas Gross. 


Peggy Olley

Peggy Olley

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