Rose Violet Garbade
New York World Fair 1964 -'65
There were adventures, too. This is the account of one of the regular workers, Rose Garbade: Friday, around 6:30 p.m., when all was quiet on our floor, a young man with a girl carrying a small carpet-bag appeared. The young man was manipulating with both hands a small group of bronze figures. This was one of the sculptures a little distance from the space. He had apparently wrenched this from the gallery wall and was trying to separate the figures from the base to which they were wired.
He was so intent on his job as he walked along that he did not realize that he was being watched by someone at our desk. Our space is recessed slightly, so as not to be visible until one is near.
He suddenly looked up and was startled to see me. I said, "What happened?" In a confused voice he replied, "I was trying to lift it to see how heavy it was " I said, "Leave it with me, put it on the chair and I will take care of it." The girl, meanwhile, had vanished.
He stood in a daze looking up at Baba's picture and then he said: "I feel so embarrassed." "Don't worry," I replied, "things happen! Take this Message, it will help you," and he left.
Mary Andriani, my helper, returned to the space and she saw that the sculpture was marked at $500. She took the little group down to the office on the main floor and when asked where she had found it, said, "Off the wall." Later the owner of the Midtown Gallery came by personally to thank Rose and have a talk with her.
the wall." Later the owner of the Midtown Gallery came by personally to thank Rose and have a talk with her.