Collection Care Network - Thinking Outside the Box: A Panel Discussion on Museum Storage

Thinking Outside the Box is a Collection Care Network (CCN) panel discussion on some of the challenges faced by collections stewards when it comes to object storage.

Hannah Muchnick

Textile Artist and Collections Care Specialist

woodwind textiles

Hannah Muchnick (she/they) is a textile artist and collections care specialist based out of Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2016 with a BFA in fiber arts and emphasis on cultural anthropology. Since then, she has been working in institutional and private-practice conservation labs with an emphasis on textile care. From 2019 until the present, she has been contracted to carry out phases II and III of the National Museum of the American Indian's Textile and Garment Rehousing Project. She is also the current Emerging Conservation Professionals Network liaison for the Baltimore area. Hannah maintains a studio practice which includes growing and utilizing plant-based dye materials in sewing, weaving, and painting. When she is not working with textiles, she is often found watching birds. 

Instagram: @h_muchnick

Website: www.woodwindtextiles.com

Nora Frankel

Textile Conservator

Frankel Textile Conservation LLC

Nora Frankel (she or they) has been a private practice textile conservator in the Baltimore-Washington area since 2019 as Frankel Textile Conservation LLC.  Past work includes major projects at the National Museum of the American Indian and the National Air and Space Museum as well as smaller institutions and private individuals. She served on the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) Equity and Inclusion Committee (EIC) from 2018-2022, and as an editor for the Textile Specialty Group Postprints since 2018, currently as Lead Editor. Previous positions include Assistant Conservator of Objects and Textiles at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center and Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Textile Conservation at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian. She trained at University of Glasgow (MPhil Textile Conservation, 2016) and University College London (MA Principles of Conservation, 2014). She is an AIC Professional Associate. She is also a visual artist with an emphasis on textiles.

Email: nora.frankel@gmail.com

Peter Giere

Curator

Museum für Naturkunde Berlin

Peter Giere - Besides his tasks as the curator of the Embryological Collection at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Dr. Peter Giere has a deep interest in natural history collections as research infrastructure and their conservation as cultural heritage. Apart from disseminating specialized knowledge in the field through the organization of seminars, workshops and conferences, Peter Giere is involved in teaching museum studies at the University of Applied Sciences Berlin.

Website: www.museumfuernaturkunde.berlin/en/museum

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Thinking Outside the Box: A Panel Discussion on Museum Storage
04/01/2022 at 1:30 PM (EDT)   |  120 minutes
04/01/2022 at 1:30 PM (EDT)   |  120 minutes Thinking Outside the Box is a Collection Care Network (CCN) panel discussion on some of the challenges faced by collections stewards when it comes to object storage. Using their 2021 Annual Meeting presentations as a point of departure, collections care innovators Peter Giere, Nora Frankel, and Hannah Muchnick will participate in a more in-depth discussion about storage challenges and solutions. Peter will discuss a case study on plastics in natural history collections, and Nora and Hannah will revisit their project to rehouse and reorganize the textile collection at the National Museum of the American Indian. This is a moderated panel discussion and questions are encouraged. Zoom panel with Q&A to follow.