|Guarding millions in art for minimum wage or less. Nationally, museum security guards earn about $24,000 per year, but some earn as little as $16,000. The workday is often twelve hours long.|
|I talked with guards at the Met and the Guggenheim in |
New York, who are paid somewhat above the national average,
yet cannot afford to live in the city in which they work.
|Friendly but firm. Knowledgeable but not all-knowing.|
|It's a boring job but |
someone has to do it.
Most wear clip-on ties.
|"Back off, kids, or I'll tell your dad." Security guards get a sit-down break every 45 minutes.|
|When they say no flash photography, they|
really mean it. A guard at LACMA once
threatened to confiscate my camera.
|Sometimes security guards|
are not what they seem to be,
especially those by super-realist
sculptor, Duane Hanson.