Guarded Opinions 8

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“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. 

Paul VanDeCarr is a writer, editor, and trainer for UN agencies and other leading NGOs. He received his M.P.A. from Harvard Kennedy School. He lives and works in New York City.