December 13, 2013

5 Questions: Marina Eybelman

We’re taking our Five Questions series around the office and finding out more about SFMOMA staff members and what’s changed for them now that we’re under construction. Today we’re talking to Marina Eybelman, Technical Coordinator, in our Minna Street offices, where many of us have been located for several years and will be until 2016, when our new building opens.


Please describe your job in three sentences or less:

I provide administrative and financial support to the IT department and I am the key contact for staff when budgeting for computer- and technology-related expenses. I also keep track of all the contracts, invoices, and other paperwork that relates to IT, and sometimes I do a little help desk support.

What are you thinking about now that you weren’t thinking about before the museum closed?

Having to move everything out of the old building gave us a lot of things to think about, but I’m probably thinking most now about communication with staff. Since we are all spread out among different buildings it’s not as easy to just walk over to someone’s desk. I call and email a lot more now. I knew it was going to happen, but I just wasn’t prepared.

Do you collect anything?

I have a little collection of old cameras. I use them from time to time to take photos and I develop the film myself at home in black and white. Since my daughter was born, I’ve slowed down a bit.

If you could spend an afternoon with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?

I have a very hard time connecting with people I don’t know, but artist-wise I would love to talk to Remedios Varo. She was a Spanish Surrealist painter and an amazing woman who created really interesting works of art. She helped create the Mexican Surrealist movement. 

Have you ever run out of money?

Yeah! I ran out of money constantly when I lived in New York.

What should I ask you?

What I studied in school? Not many people know I have majors in literature and Jewish studies, which included folktales. It feels like a past life.

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