Packing and Shipping Workshop
Regular Registration: $1,200
Participants will receive an overview of the principles involved in safe handling, packing, and transport of works of art and artifacts. Problem scenarios will be presented to participants for resolution in practicum sessions. Topics covered include: risk assessment, decision-making, and related issues in artifact transportation; crate design and construction; interior packing including methods and materials for 2-D and 3-D objects; design techniques for specialized components such as bracing, double boxing, packing frames and multiple object packaging; soft packing; and material selection and use. Participants are encouraged to bring photos of packing problems for discussion and analysis.
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John Molini, a recognized leader in the field of packing and transport, and a lively teacher and lecturer to boot, has been at the Art Institute since 1984. Originally hired as an art installer, after spending the late Seventies and early Eighties playing and touring in various Rock and R&B outfits, John set up and started the Art Packing Department in 1986 as the Art Institute became more active in lending, borrowing, and mounting exhibitions. Working with Museum Registration, John has been involved with the transport, packing, crating, and in some cases where rigging is a necessity, the installation of exhibitions whether at the "Tute" or on the road. Some of John's proudest accomplishments are: the design and construction of a safe packing system for the transport of pastels; the "hybrid": a design that incorporates corrugated plastic and cardboard with wood, producing a crate that though lighter than the standard all wooden crate, does not sacrifice or compromise protection; his tenure as Program Director and then Chairman of Pacin; the establishment of an Intern Program with the School of the Art Institute; and last, but certainly not least, teaching at the Campbell Center: where the accommodations can't be beat (hello, third floor), the meals are always a treat (thank you, Barbie) and the students, bless them, keep him on his feet.