Marvin Mandel is one of the sale associates that you may meet when you visit the museum store. We wanted to know more about the man behind the counter and he graciously answered a few questions for us in this Q&A.
Q1: How did you come to work at the museum store?
A: I was born in Bayside, Queens (New York City). As a youth, my grandmother would frequently take me to Manhattan to visit “The Museum Mile.” Located approximately between 75th and 105th Street along Fifth Avenue, the mile contains several great NY museums such as the Met, the Whitney, the Frick, and the Guggenheim. Although interested in the art, I have to admit I was more concerned with obtaining a souvenir of my visit. I still have many of the logo pencils, magnets, key chains, and postcards purchased during those excursions. To this day, I delight in finding that particular reproduction or book or unique jewelry piece at the CMA store for either myself or a friend.
Q2: What’s the best part of your job?
A: I consider encounters with a diversity of people the best part of my job as a sales associate in the CMA store. Some customers look only to kill time by browsing. Some are looking for that “perfect” gift. Those are the people I am most interested in – their choice of item and their explanation why.
Q3: What’s your favorite item from the museum store?
A: A children’s coloring book we carried during the CLE OP ART exhibition two summers ago. It provides a wonderful memory to me of connecting with local art created in this region that more people should know about.