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Margaret Downie Banks Attends MIM's Grand Opening

Margaret Banks and Target mascot, Spot, at the MIM

Margaret Downie Banks, Senior Curator of Musical Instruments, attended the grand opening festivities for the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix, April 21-24, 2010. The opening represented the culmination of three years of planning and implementation of a project conceived by Bob Ulrich, CEO of Target (retired).

Curatorial Committee at the MIM

Also present at the grand opening were (left to right):  Gary Sturm (Assistant Chair for Special Projects (Retired), Division of Cultural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC); Cynthia Adams Hoover (Curator Emeritus, Musical Instruments, Division of Cultural History, Smithsonian Institution); Margaret Downie Banks (Senior Curator of Musical Instruments, NMM); J. Kenneth Moore (Director, Division of Musical Instruments, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City); Patricia Grazzini (Associate Director and Chief Operating Officer, Minneapolis Institute of Arts); Eric de Visscher (Director, Musée de la Musique, Paris); and Darcy Kuronen (Pappalardo Curator of Musical Instruments and Chair, Department of Musical Instruments, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston).

Clint Spell, Curatorial Assistant at the MIM

While in Phoenix, Banks also visited with Clint Spell, a graduate student enrolled in USD's M.M. degree program with a concentration in the history of musical instruments. Spell has been employed as a Curatorial Assistant at the MIM since August 2009.

View of Orientation Gallery at the MIM, featuring oversized reproductions of musical instruments viewable from two levels.

Orientation Gallery at the MIM

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