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9 Gift Ideas for Museum People

Tuesday, December 16, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kaia Landon
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What will you buy for the museum professional in your life? Here are some brief gift ideas:

Fundraising the Dead (A Museum Mystery) by Sheila Connolly
I’m not going to lie: this short, entertaining novel kind of gave me nightmares. That may be because I tend to read before bed, or it may be because this former museum professional knows (and writes about) the crazy stuff that happens in museums. Hopefully our real-life problems fall short of murders during the annual gala. . .

The Art Forger: A Novel, by B.A. Shapiro
This fictional novel explores what could have happened to the art stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in the 90’s. While the Degas painting at the center of the story never existed, the book does present an interesting view of the work of forgeries while telling a good story.

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
If you never read this one as a kid, I feel sorry for you, and I highly recommend rectifying that now. This is the children’s story of a girl who runs away and hides out at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (I will admit to having similar dreams. This may, in fact, have influenced my career choice.)

The New Yorker Book of Art Cartoons by Robert Mankoff
Before there were social media memes, there was the New Yorker.

The Modern Art Cookbook by Mary Ann Caws
Picasso’s Spanish Omelette, Roy Lichtenstein’s Roast Fillet of Beef, Marinetti’s Green Rice, and Georgia O’Keeffe’s Wild Aspargus are all included in this cookbook. Recipes by great artists, inspired by great artists, and yes, even one by Emily Dickinson (I know she’s not an artist, but there is both an artistic and literary bent here).

Modern Art Desserts by Caitlin Freeman
The Mondrian-inspired cake on the cover has had me salivating since this came out in 2013. I’m not sure my baking skills are up to it, but it would be fun to try. This cookbook has desserts inspired by works of (modern) art.

Membership in UMA
Give the gift of professional development! I may be biased, but a membership in the Utah Museums Association (or a renewal) could be a great, simple gift.

Socks with art on them
Who wouldn’t want a pair of socks with Vermeer’s Girl With A Pearl Earring on them? Here are two different box sets of socks with great works of art on them. There are also individual pairs with other works of art on them – stocking stuffers?

I Love Working in a Museum shirt
I’m not much of one for printed t-shirts, but something about this retro cartoon appeals to me.


Kaia Landon is the director of the Brigham City Museum of Art and History and the Box Elder Museum of Natural History. She also serves as the Secretary for the Utah Museum Association, and as the AASLH state team leader for Utah.

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