Galleries Need Disaster Plans Too

The destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy to many Chelsea area art galleries described in recent issues of The New York Times (“Where Creations Faced Destruction”, by Allan Kozinn, November 1, 2012) and the Wall Street Journal (“Cultural Community Suffers Losses”, November 2, 2012) points up the need for art galleries, like museums, to have disaster plans. Of all the gallery directors quoted in the articles, only two had made any (albeit inadequate) preparations for flooding—one moved works from the basement to the first floor and the other used waterproof storage containers in basement storage.