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Title page of “Guarded Opinions 8.” Artwork: Valerie Hegarty, Fallen Bierstadt, 2007. Collection of Brooklyn Museum, gift of Campari,2008.9a-b

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ESOPUS 24 (Spring 2017)
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Guarded Opinions 8

Commentary by Marianna Pombrik

“Back in Russia, when I would visit the Hermitage Museum, it was so huge I would always have to rush through it, and I remember thinking to myself, I’d love to spend a whole day in just one gallery. Well, be careful what you wish for—now that’s exactly what I do!”—Marianna Pombrik 

This new installment of our series “Guarded Opinions,” in which editor Paul VanDeCarr asks museum guards to talk about particular works they oversee, features commentary by Brooklyn Museum guard Marianna Pombrik about paintings by Albert Bierstadt, Valerie Hegarty, and Lilly Martin Spencer. 

Marianna Pombrik, who was born and raised in Ukraine, has been a guard at the Brooklyn Museum for 20 years. 

New York–based Paul VanDeCarr does writing and research for nonprofits and foundations about the arts, media, criminal justice, and storytelling for social change. His blog and podcast on the many forms of storytelling is at InsideStoriesOnline.com.