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RE/ VIEW: The Future of International Storage, Travel and Care for Collections

July 21, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Introducing RE/ VIEW, an online program discussion series to address reopening and reimagining museums, art spaces and institutions across the country. Understanding that this crisis has upended previous conditions and revealed vulnerabilities in how we exhibit, present and view art, we invite leaders across our field to strategize for the future. This event is open to members and non-members with a $15 suggested donation. 

Join ArtTable for a RE/ VIEW program on the future of international loans, insurance, couriers and storage. We’ll be discussing inventive solution building when moving a work across borders during a global pandemic, as well as new logistical measures and responsibilities taken on by institutions, collectors and art spaces within and outside of the US.

How will this affect an international market? How are registrars, handlers and art services working to return works and provide safe access to collections? During this event, we will hear from Sydney Briggs, Associate Registrar, Collections, Museum of Modern Art, Jacqueline Cabrera, Principal, Cabrera+Art+Management, and Melissa Osterwind, Chief Operating Officer, SRI Fine Art Services. This conversation will be moderated by Jessica Porter, Lila Harnett Executive Director, ArtTable.

About the participants:

Sydney Briggs is an Associate Registrar with a 20-year career managing the permanent collections of the Departments of Painting and Sculpture, Media and Performance Art, and Drawings and Prints at The Museum of Modern Art, NY. Most recently, she was the Lead registrar for the reinstallation of MoMA’s newly expanded 4thfloor permanent collection galleries, collaboratively overseeing the installation of a variety of works spanning the late 1930s – 1970s. She has couriered fragile works of art, managed complex installations, and organized shipments of incoming acquisitions and loans both domestically and internationally. She is integrally involved in ongoing collection maintenance for the museum’s Gilbert B. and Lila Silverman Fluxus and Instruction Drawings Collections. She has guest lectured on contemporary exhibition management for museum studies at New York University. She co-published an article on collaborative work practices in the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, and has blogged about her work documenting installations for the former Inside/Out-A MoMA/PS1 blog. Before joining MoMA she was a registrar for Sotheby’s NY, and began her career as a gallery assistant for June Kelly Gallery, NY. She holds a BA in the History of Art from Wesleyan University and has studied graduate art history at City University of New York/ Hunter College.

Jacqueline Cabrera is Principal at Cabrera + Art + Management, a company that focuses on registration and collection management projects for both the private and public sector. She is a founding board member and past President of the Association of Registrars and Collection Specialists (ARCS), and founder and host of the Registrar Hour. The Registrar Hour is an international weekly Zoom hour specifically for registrars, topics covered included fine art shipping, art couriers, fine art insurance, disaster planning, re-opening plans, digital condition reports and indemnity schemes. Over the years she has served on the Program Committees for American Alliance of Museums, Western Museum Association, the California Association of Museums and Art Table, Inc. She also served as Chair of the Registrars Committee Western Region, as a board member of the Western Museum Association, and participated in the leadership training program at the Getty Leadership Institute (Claremont University). From 1996 to 2016, she was an exhibition registrar at the J. Paul Getty Museum and Getty Villa. Prior to joining the Getty in 1996 she was the Registrar at the Long Beach Museum of Art and previously a Painting Department Assistant at Sotheby’s.

Melissa Osterwind holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University, with a Finance concentration. Prior to her tenure as Chief Operating Officer at SRI Fine Art Services, Melissa was the Controller at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and oversaw their $1.6 billion expense budget. She joined SRI in 2013 and immediately felt that company’s commitment to supporting the arts and other cultural institutions aligned with her call to public service.

Melissa has used her extensive financial and team-building experience to guide SRI through record growth; doubling the staff, storage footprint and gross sales over the past six years. Her success is hinged on providing tailored logistics solutions to gallerists, museums, and private collectors coupled with excellent client relationships.


July 21, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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