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Expert Profile


John Robinette





Full or Part-time

Position Type:

New York

New York

United States of America

Years in the field:

20 – 25 Years

Areas of Expertise

Curatorial/Collections, Exhibits development, Project Management, Strategic Planning

  1. For 9 years, John worked for the prominent private collector, Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, in New York. As part of her collections management team, he supervised 4 storage facilities worldwide as well as two historic residences. As part of that supervision, he ensured the proper documentation, storage/housing, installation, and inventory procedures for a wide variety of objects from ethnographic, decorative arts, modern, and contemporary art with respect to both the objects’ and locations’ physical and legal requirements.
  2. Recently, as the principal of J.T. Robinette, he continued his project management on his own. He now consults with private collectors, museums, and foundations worldwide and also works with museums to change exhibitions and courier and install objects internationally.
  3. As an additional part of his professional practice, John served on the board of the Association of Registrars and Collections Specialists (ARCS) and speaks internationally on various topics in the field including best practices, shipping art and artifacts in Latin America, and courier practices. He also moderates a live monthly discussion and podcast called #ARCSchat about relevant topics in the field of collections stewardship.
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