|The Nelson-Atkins Gallery|
The original building is on the right,
and the Bloch Building is on the left.
Anyway, Mom will only work 3 days a week, and then she will be home 4 days, so that's good. Mom just finished her first 3 days of work, so now she mostly knows how to do her job. The title of this job is Visitor Services Officer. Which really means that Mom is a security person who watches to make sure nobody touches the artwork or steals it or plants a bomb under it. Also, she helps visitors by answering questions such as where are the restrooms and does the museum still have that painting by Caravaggio, which it does.
On Wednesday, the first day Mom was working at the museum, she spent a lot of time filling out papers and forms and stuff. Then her boss took her and a guy who is training for the same job on a tour of the basement and all the places under the new Bloch Building where regular visitors don't get to go. Mom saw the loading dock, and big wooden crates that artwork is shipped in, and lots of pipes, and extra tables and chairs that are used for banquets. Later on, Mom got fingerprinted and had an ID badge made.
|Outer coffin for Meret-it-es|
in the Egyptian collection
On Thursday, Mom followed one of the other security officers around all day. This man was being a relief officer, which means that he went to each post and took over for them while they had a 15-minute break or a 30-minute lunch. The area where they did this was in the original building where the Ancient Egyptian and Greek art is. Also, there is Medieval Art and a gallery of English ceramics.
Yesterday, Mom went with a different officer who was also doing the relief thing. This time, they were in the new Bloch Building, which is very modern in design, with walls of translucent glass. Mom will be working mostly in this building because she was hired to work in special exhibitions, and they are almost always in the Bloch Building. Right now there is an exhibit about Impressionist France going on.
One exciting thing happened yesterday while Mom and the other officer were in the Impressionist exhibit, which was that the fire alarm went off. It was very loud, and there was an announcement that everybody should leave the building. Nobody wanted to leave the building because the temperature was only about 10º outside, and lots of people didn't have their coats on, including Mom. But they had to leave, and they all stood around shivering, and then everybody finally got to go back in because it was a false alarm.
|Fields in the Month of June by Charles-Francois Daubigny,|
(on loan from the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art)
This is one of Mom's favorite paintings from the Impressionist exhibit.
Another exciting thing happened, and that was that a woman who works in food service got really sick, and the security office called an ambulance to come and get her. Mom did not see any of that happen. She only heard about it.
So what Mom is mostly learning is how to stand around a lot without getting too tired or falling asleep. Also she has learned how to tell people in a nice way not to touch the artwork or do anything else that might hurt it. And she has already answered some important questions, such as how to get to the information desk or whether photographs are allowed.