The mastermind behind the Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition is Michael Black, FIDM Museum Coordinator. Having worked on this annual exhibition for over 10 years, Mike has a deep understanding of the costume design industry. This knowledge allows us to borrow costumes from film studios, archives, and costume designers. This year's exhibition, the 22nd Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design, is open through April 26, 2014.
Describe your position at the FIDM Museum & Galleries. What is a typical day like? Is there a typical day?
When there is an exhibition in the galleries, my typical day starts out with checking any emails/phone calls that came in overnight. Then I will “turn on” the exhibition. This involves letting the Museum Shop personnel into the galleries, making sure all the lighting is turned on and music is playing. I’ll do a walkthrough of the exhibition to make sure none of the mannequins have any issues such as paper wigs coming unstuck or limbs falling off, and I will check for any burned out lights. I also restock any handouts that are available for the exhibition, and make sure the computer is turned on for people wanting to make donations to the Museum.
The rest of my day is spent between answering emails/phone calls, paying Museum bills, researching upcoming films, making arrangements with our Publications Department and/or outside vendors for various printed needs for upcoming exhibitions. I also work with other departments and outside groups when they have events involving the galleries, making sure we are staffed both in the shop and with adequate security guards, and often acting as a liaison between the Museum and caterers and rental companies. Part of my job requires me to keep a calendar of any events that involve the Museum to make sure we don’t have any conflicts, and working with our Museum Registrar, Meghan Hansen, to plan the workflow for installing and de-installing exhibitions in a timely and efficient manner.