The Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University is closing for renovations next week. The $30 million in improvements will include several new spaces.
And Registrar Anita Bracalente says the museum will have to move everything off site.
“It’s about 45,000 objects and counting, and I think what makes it really different from other kinds of moves is that every object [has] its unique size and shape and form and material,” Bracalente says.
To move the art, the museum is building crates and boxes for the art specifically for this project. Boxes are cut from a box making machine the museum acquired about a month ago.
Bracalente says many fragile pieces are susceptible to vibration and changes in humidity.
Pete Nelson is the Senior Gallery Technician. He says the process takes a lot of work and energy.
“I think folks know what packing is all about, everyone’s moved,” Nelson says. “But one thing that’s different is that, everything we’re moving is, if not priceless, incredibly expensive, and you have to move it as if no one’s ever touched it or will ever touch it.”
Packing began in October and crews hope to be finished with that part of the process by September. Museum renovations are expected to finish in 2019.