Field Trip Thursdays: The Smithsonian American Art Museum Library

When it comes to evaluating objects, not even the experts know everything. As I discovered at Antiques Roadshow, sometimes an unsigned painting is just an unsigned painting. A knowledgeable collector or dealer who specializes in a particular country or era can be of more help than the most educated generalist. And when the experts don’tRead more

Deaccessioning: 4 ways to get rid of your stuff

When a museum decides to remove a piece of art from their collection, it’s called “deaccessioning”. It’s really just a fancy word for getting rid of stuff. But it makes me happy to think of refining my collection rather than just making things go away. Regardless what you call it, you have a bunch ofRead more