Museum guard Dereck Stafford Mangus urges museumgoers to put their phones down, just for a minute.
Ito’s rubbings and multimedia works are traces of a global tragedy still imprinted in the memories of Americans more than two decades later.
This is what happens when boozed-up patrons party next to priceless mosaics, statues, and vases.
“A fine mist filled my eyes and I caught myself holding back the tears,” writes Dereck Stafford Mangus, an artist and a security guard at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
A colleague once told me “You live better when you work in a union, especially in an art museum because you work for elitists.”
Guarding the Art has the chance to become the model for how museums honor and respect the dignity of their guards moving forward.