Students and Teachers at the Museum

This is an installment of the weekly interview series, on the Culture Comment blog. It’s called “Behind-the-Scenes.” Each week, we’ll discuss new facts and information about the people that make the Walters Art Museum tick. Now, let’s meet Amanda Kodeck.

This is an installment of the weekly interview series, on the Culture Comment blog. It’s called “Behind-the-Scenes.” Each week, we’ll discuss new facts and information about the people that make the Walters Art Museum tick. Now, let’s meet Amanda Kodeck.


Gary Vikan: What do you do at the Walters?

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Illuminated Manuscripts on the Internet: How do we do it?

We are digitization specialists in the Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books. We’re working to digitize the collection of medieval illuminated manuscripts.

This is an installment of the weekly interview series, on the Culture Comment blog. It’s called “Behind-the-Scenes.” Each week, we’ll discuss new facts and information about the people that make the Walters Art Museum tick. Now, let’s meet digitization specialists Diane Bockrath and Ariel Tabritha.

Diane Bockrath & Ariel Tabritha: We are digitization specialists in the Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books. We’re working on a special project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize the Walters’ collection of medieval illuminated manuscripts and make it available on the Internet. That means we capture a high-resolution digital image for each and every page in the books, using a 33-megapixel camera and a custom-built book cradle system that supports the fragile bindings. Then we crop and correct each image for color, perform quality control, and deliver the images to their long-term archival homes, along with their appropriate descriptive information, or metadata.

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Meet the Painting Doctor

This is an installment of the weekly interview series, on the Culture Comment blog. It’s called “Behind-the-Scenes.” Each week, we’ll discuss new facts and information about the people that make the Walters Art Museum tick. Now, let’s meet Eric Gordon.

This is an installment of the weekly interview series, on the Culture Comment blog. It’s called “Behind-the-Scenes.” Each week, we’ll discuss new facts and information about the people that make the Walters Art Museum tick. Now, let’s meet Eric Gordon.


Eric Gordon, Conservator
Eric Gordon, In the Conservation Laboratory

Gary Vikan: What do you do at the Walters?

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The Elvis Sandwich

This is the tried and true recipe for an “Elvis” Sandwich – or, as some would have it, an “EP.” In the era B.E. (i.e., “Before Elvis”) this sandwich bore the prosaic name: “Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich.”

This is the tried and true recipe for a kingly sandwich known as the “Elvis” – or, as some would have it, an “EP.” In the era B.E. (i.e., “Before Elvis”) this sandwich bore the prosaic name: “Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich.” The sandwich has its name, as you may have guessed, because it was Elvis Presley’s favorite sandwich. I’m not sure if there is any place that serves this sandwich, here in Baltimore but there is a similar dish, the Elvis Pancakes, at the Golden West Cafe in Hampden.

Ingredients

  • Two large spoonfuls of peanut butter, the kind with no nuts.
  • One ripe banana, the kind with lots of brown speckles – or, better yet, all brown.
  • Two slices of white bread, preferably cooked square – or, if necessary, squared off.
  • Plenty of margarine (do not substitute butter).

Order of Service

  1. Mash the banana
  2. Spread mashed banana on one slice of bread.
  3. Spread peanut butter on the other slice of bread.
  4. Put slices together, spread side inward (this is crucial).
  5. Melt margarine in frying pan, over moderate heat.
  6. Brown sandwich on both sides, being careful not to burn it.
  7. Slice diagonally.
  8. Serve immediately, being careful not to burn your tongue.

Note: This is to be eaten with a knife and fork, not with the hands.

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Behind-the-Scenes at the Walters with Lisa Lewenz

This is the next installment of a weekly interview series, on the Culture Comment blog. It’s called “Behind-the-Scenes.” Each week, we’ll discuss new facts and information about the people that make the Walters Art Museum tick. Now, let’s meet Lisa Lewenz.

This is the next installment of a weekly interview series, on the Culture Comment blog. It’s called “Behind-the-Scenes.” Each week, we’ll discuss new facts and information about the people that make the Walters Art Museum tick. Now, let’s meet Lisa Lewenz.


Gary Vikan: What do you do at the Walters?
Lisa Lewenz:
I am the Manager
of Adult Programs in the Education Division. Maybe the word shouldn’t get out that I have one of the best jobs here! Essentially, the curators explain in-depth motivations and concerns about exhibitions (years before they’ll be seen by the public) and then I identify core issues and topics to plan public programs aimed to fascinate and entice the public, including scholars, enthusiasts, Walters members and just about anyone who may never consider crossing a museum threshold. It’s a great adventure, and I love that we offer experiences that make a difference in people’s lives. I often say that my job is like the perfect academic appointment, except that I don’t have to grade bad papers!

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