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Guarded Opinions 1

By Niko Fruechting; edited by Paul VanDeCarr

Esopus 7 (Fall 2006)
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Series edited by Paul VanDeCarr

In this new series for Esopus, museum guards talk about the artwork they oversee on a daily basis with writer/editor Paul VanDeCarr. For this first installment, Niko Freuchting, a guard at Harvard University’s Fogg Art Museum, offers his impressions of a 1989 work by German minimalist Günter Umberg.

Niko Fruechting is currently a security guard at the Fogg Art Museum in Cambridge, MA.

New York–based Paul VanDeCarr does writing and research for nonprofits and foundations about the arts, media, criminal justice, and storytelling for social change. His blog and podcast on the many forms of storytelling is at