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Curators’ Choice: Objects Selected from the Museum’s Collections

April 12 to July 27, 2008


What’s your passion?  Are you a collector?  If you were turned loose in a museum’s archives what items would you select to share with others?

paintingCurators’ Choice: Objects Selected from the Museum’s Collections, literally brings this scenario to life in a fascinating exhibition that features multiple displays of items selected by a variety of Museum staff and volunteers – the “curators” who work with the Museum’s collections on a daily basis.  They were invited to choose items that they consider “special” -- pieces whose value may (or may not) be monetary, but that are undeniably unique.

Through this exhibition, visitors will discover how curators think and learn why they chose what they did.  Some of the voices we will hear are those of Museum Executive Director Jeannette O’Malley, Director of Exhibitions Ardis Willwerth, Collections Manager Laura Verlaque, Assistant Archivist Kirk Meyers, Education Program Coordinator Brad Macneil, Development Associate Cedar Phillips, Membership & Development Coordinator Michelle Turner;and Museum Volunteer/Researchers Betsy Behny, Bob Bennett, Gary Cowles, Lynne Emery, Sid Gally,Tim Gregory, Eric Haack, Phil Kovinick, Roberta Martinez, Elizabeth Pomeroy, Ann Scheid, Carol Watson, Janet Kadin, Betsy Smalley and Bill Warren.

Their selections include: art, crafts, antiques, paintings, textiles, ceramics, furniture, books, newspapers, photographs, postcards, sports items, illustrations, plans, maps, city directories, phonographs, records, advertisements and vintage clothing.  As a museum of history and culture, Pasadena Museum of History’s extensive collections reflect an encyclopedic scope.  Through Curators’ Choice, PMH will highlight a special selection of locally collected objects that reflect some of the interests/themes of our community’s culture. 

Special Programs

In conjunction with the Curators' Choice exhibition, Pasadena Museum of History is offering the following companion programs:

Curators' Choice Spotlight Tours
Thursdays, April 24, May 22, June 19 and July 24 , 11:30 am
watercolorEnjoy a special docent guided tour of the exhibition, Curators' Choice.  You will visit both the Fenyes Mansion and the History Center Gallery in this new tour that looks at collection items chosen by staff and guest curators/volunteers.  Items spotlighted run from Chinese robes, antique pencil sharpeners, and William Merritt Chase paintings in the Mansion to maps, toys, lace, journals, photographs, and more in the History Gallery.  Tour involves walking up a gentle incline to the Mansion and up one flight of stairs in the Mansion.  Photo at left is close-up detail of a watercolor by Eva Scott Fenyes from her scrapbooks, a number of which are currently on display in the exhibition.

Tickets: Members: $4; Non-Members: $8; Reservations required, 626.577.1660, ext. 10.  Walk-ins accommodated if space is available.

A Child's Life
Fridays, June 27 and July 25, 10:00 am

A Child’s Life is a special program designed by PMH to help elementary school kids aged children explore what it was like growing up in Pasadena in the late 1800s. Participants will receive the award winning book The Way Pasadena Was by Kathleen Thorne-Thomsen, view historic images, play old time games, and dress up in period clothing.

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Tickets: Members $12 for child & parent together; Non-Members $15; ages 8 to 12, limit 15 children with one accompanying adult per session.  Reservations required; please call 626.577.1660, ext. 16.



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