Welcome to Off the Wall. We’ve skimmed the news around the museum, and want to share the highlights with you.
Written while ‘liking’ every Halloween costume picture on Facebook.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Maybe in our world there lives a happy little tree over there.” – Bob Ross
SO ARTSY IT’S SCARY
My usual holiday ranking system is determined by how many pies and/or foods are associated with a particular holiday. There’s Christmas, obviously, since it’s basically like, “Hi, I’m an excuse to eat 27 truffles coated in peppermint candy bark while drinking eggnog–a beverage that combines heavy whipping cream with bourbon, raw eggs, and some other stuff.” There’s also Thanksgiving–or, as I like to call it, The Official Pie Holiday of America. But with so many holidays to choose from, we still secretly just love the one that allows us to dress up in costumes without being publicly shamed or ostricized by society. In celebration of this great holiday, the FJJMA staff has stepped up to the challenge and decked out in some fabulous attire.
THE JONES FAMILY
I present to you Director of Administration and Financial Operations Becky Trumble dressed today as a work by artist Roy Lichtenstein.
Dressed as Aaargh-t (get it? Art?), we have Francesca Giani, the brilliant curator behind Immortales!
And here we have Gail Anderson, Deputy Director/Liaison to University President, dressed as the Scream/Grim Reaper.
heather ahtone, James T. Bialac Associate Curator of Native American and Non-Western Art, is in disguise as one of our beloved FJJMA security guards.
As a new security guard, heather is now responsible for protecting the art–like lovely Kati Kain, Museum Store Day Manager, dressed as Mrs. Weitzenhoffer’s favorite.
Jackson Pollock was oft referred to as Jack the Dripper. Above we see ‘Jess the Dripper,’ otherwise known as Jessica Farling, our Director of Public Engagement!
Jin Jo Gentry is the Museum Store Manager and Buyer. She won the first prize Dundee award with her depiction of the lovely (hairy) Frida Kahlo.
It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s–Josh Galbraith, one of our FJJMA security guards. I think his costume is pretty self explanatory.
Joyce has really dropped roots at the museum. She’s our Director of Museum Security & Facilities/ Special Events*!
*Joyce is not available as a floral arrangement for museum events.
Here we have our Curator of School and Family Programs, Karen Bowles. If you ask really nicely, she might make you one…
Brad Stevens, Chief Preparator and Exhibition Designer. As far as we know, he hasn’t tried to add any ‘happy little trees’ to our art. Yet.
Captain Jack Harkness of Doctor Who–aka Rob Johnson, Visitor Services Representative. Just like a TARDIS, you’ll be shocked to see how much bigger the museum is on the inside than it looks from outside.
Melissa Smith, Director of Education, and the mastermind who convinced all of us to dress up in the first place. If you’re wondering what she is, stop by the museum to see our lovely Ben Shahn work.
Michael Bendure, Director of Communication, dressed as Star-Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy!
IT’S ME, Kathleen Thompson, Public Engagement and Communication Assistant. I’m dressed as our lovely borrowed work, the Broncho Buster by Remington!
Tanya Denton, Administrative Assistant, dressed as the lovely–and terrified–Tippi Hedren from The Birds!
Last, but certainly not least, our fearless leader Mark White, the Wylodean and Bill Saxon Director and Eugene B. Adkins Curator. The museum is in very good hands.