Meet the team: Amy Auscherman
Title: Archives Assistant
How I got here: I am a life-long Indiana resident and began at the IMA as an intern in the Stout Reference Library in 2011. My educational background includes a BA in Art History and I’m currently finishing my Masters of Library Science at Indiana University Bloomington. There I have focused my studies on special collections libraries. Before coming to the IMA, I worked for four years at the Lilly Library, IU’s rare book and manuscript library, and handled everything from artist’s books by Max Ernst to locks of Sylvia Plath’s hair. My love and knowledge of modern architecture and design, paired with my experience in special collections, prepared me for this current dream job.
Documenting Modern Living duties: Scanning Miller House and Garden Collection material; metadata entry into Archon; main contributor to Tumblr.
Favorite MHGC find: Some of the material I find most interesting in the Miller House and Garden collection is related to projects that were never realized, or that ended up completely different than the original proposal. The hand-painted board by Alexander Girard (pictured above) was presented as a design option for the kitchen rug, but was rejected by Xenia Miller. The geometric design Girard originally proposed is vastly different than the cool-colored, more abstract design that ended up living on the kitchen floor. We haven’t properly photographed the item yet, but wanted to share this sneak-peek detail shot of the board.
Best thing about my job: I love that I’ve been able to work solely with this incredibly rich collection. The best part has been sharing with others, via this blog, the amazing material that, until this digitization project, was only enjoyed by a handful of people. Another huge job perk is being able to walk around the IMA’s galleries and campus during my lunch breaks.
Favorite item in the IMA collection: It’s hard to choose, but I find myself often visiting Fernand Léger’s Man and Woman.
When I’m not working, I’m probably doing this: Scouring a library book sale or used book shop, looking for books with covers designed by my favorite mid-century graphic designers.
Follow Amy Auscherman on Twitter @acid_free