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Saturday, April 27, 2013

 “Stop Worrying and Start Organizing!

Planning the Future for Your Collection”


Bobbie Sumberg, PhD.

Curator of Textiles and Costume

and Curator of African Art, Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Are you wondering what will become of your collections?  The collecting world is changing, the market is changing and it’s time to stop worrying and start working on your plans.  Bobbie Sumberg is a curator at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, NM.  She has managed acquisitions both large and small of textiles and African art for 13 years. She has also trained in personal property appraisal.  She will provide both the curatorial/museum and collection/collector perspective on this issue, both for textiles and other kinds of artistic and ethnographic collections, along with concrete suggestions on how to proceed while keeping the realities of the market and museum world in mind.  Basic general tax and legal issues will be discussed as well.

Bobbie Sumberg is currently the Curator of Textiles and Costume and the Curator of African Art at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, NM.  In the 13 years she has held this position, she has installed 14 exhibitions and negotiated major acquisitions of African ceramics and iron work, Macedonian textiles and dress, and Burmese textiles. She has an MA and PhD from the University of Minnesota and conducted research for both degrees in West Africa. Her most recent books are Young Brides, Old Treasures: Macedonian Embroidered Dress and Textiles: Collection of the Museum of International Folk Art.  Currently on display at MOIFA is her exhibition titled Plain Geometry: Amish Quilts. She has completed the Core Course for Appraisal Studies through the International Society of Appraisers.


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