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Monthly Archives: February 2018

  • How to Make Displays Draw in New Crowds with the Same Artifacts

    Sometimes it can feel like people like the idea of museums more than they like museums. Funding is increasingly shortened, especially if your museum is publicly funded, but it's still important to keep interest high and each trip as exciting as possible. If you need to have new exhibits but don't have access to new artifacts, change your displays:

    1. Plan a new central focus.

    How artifacts are displays can completely alter viewers' experiences. Some displays are chronological, some are thematic, and even others revolve around geographic locations. Whether you have an entire room to work in or you're changing up a display wall, create different displays that ask or answer different questions. You can reuse pieces in a different way to resonate with even return visitors, and it's a lot easier if you have adjustable hardware in the background.

    2. Have a good track record to encourage trust.

    If the public funding isn't there, sometimes you can ask for local or temporary displays. But many people are leery of letting museums have their priceless artifacts even with the promise of a glass wall between it and curious hands. Use sturdy hanging hardware and rail systems so you can minimize records of breakage and damage. A clean record of careful handling can encourage people to give your museum access to novel goods outside of usual channels. It also can lower your insurance premiums so you have more money available.

    For the hardware to get it done quickly and safely, go to Systematic Art here.

  • What Are Must-Have Tools to Have on Hand for Making Displays?

    Making a gallery display and hanging art in your home can be very different enterprises, but they share a lot of challenges. Before you get started (and no matter where you are), make sure you have these essential tools.

    1. Museum putty

    A good hanging system fully supports your artwork. But if it's suspended or held by one central point, unwanted fingers can push or prod it slightly out of position. Museum putty can hold the frame tightly against the wall without leaving behind a stain or residue. It's also a useful barrier between the wall and a frame's sharp corners, just in case.

    2. A block of wood.

    Whether you're switching out old hardware for a better system or you're sticking with nails and screws, have a block of wood ready. It can help you get the leverage you need to remove thin, stuck nails without damaging the walls.

    3. A level.

    Adjustable hanging systems don't really need levels. They're built to be adjustable but still make it easy to click the hooks or corners into position. But sometimes you need independent verification to set your mind at ease.

    4. Extra hardware.

    This is especially useful if you work for a series of galleries. Switching all of your systems to one type means you only have to pull from one type of inventory to get the tools you need, and you don't have to keep track of multiple incompatible systems. So always have a few extra hooks, rail additions, and supports with you so you can change out pieces, rearrange your display, or expand it with a last-minute addition. Keep yourself supplied by going to Systematic Art.

  • Use a Gallery Rail System to Protect Your Walls

    Artwork that can hang from a single central point can adapt to almost any hanging system. Instead, if you're thinking about renovating your gallery or display with new hanging hardware, focus on your most complicated pieces. Basing your changes around the bulkiest, heaviest, and most fragile pieces mean you'll find a system that works for them all.

    Why does a rail system work for pieces of art that need to hang from two points?

    Short of falling art and property damage, the worst thing that can happen is a crooked art piece. Not only will it niggle at the corner of your thoughts, it can throw off your grid displays. It's even worse if you use traditional screws and nails because a crooked piece means having to fix one hole and make another. But a rail system often has ratcheted placement so you can hang your artwork straight without even a level.

    How can a rail system protect your walls from heavy art?

    Heavy art doesn't damage your wall all at once. Most screws and supports are designed to dig in, especially if the weight starts to make it dip down at an angle. But, even though this provides you with a bit of a warning, all it does is cause more wall damage and larger holes. But rail systems have multiple points of contact with a wall so the total weight of a hanging piece of art is distributed along the whole rail instead of a single stressed point.

    For more reasons why a rail system can help with even your most cumbersome art, go to Systematic Art here.

  • Why You Should Standardize Your Display Hardware Across Your Business Locations

    Art adds personality to any commercial space, no matter what industry you work in. One of the best ways to incorporate art into your office, store, or franchise, is to bring in local art and regional culture, especially if you're growing across the country. Here's how to standardize the process for all of your properties:

    Use the same hardware to hang artwork so you can use it across properties. 

    Standardization is key to keeping expenses both manageable and low. It makes it easier to get things done in multiple different locations, especially for procedures that involve potential safety concerns and liability. Leave the research and inventory of hardware in the hands of your central office so you can better maintain quality control instead of delegating it to local branches. Ordering one type in bulk can save you money, and it also makes insuring the art easier.

    Order adjustable display equipment that can hold different sizes of art.

    You can't standardize everything, and the art itself is certainly one of those things that's hard to keep consistent. Even within the same medium, region, and style, art is made in different sizes. Find hanging displays systems that can be easily modified to incorporate both small photos and large paintings without additional hardware or the need to hire an expert.

    Using the same supplier and the same system means you can reduce as many variables as possible, and this is critical for increasing the number of your company's locations. Go to Systematic Art to find reliable, universal hardware so you can leave the variation and changes in the art.

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