Final installations and setups are underway this week at the New York Historical Society, in preparation for the upcoming Black Fives Exhibition that will open on Friday, March 14, 2014.

Getting to this stage is months in the making and takes an incredible amount of work, much of it painstakingly detailed. The process is fascinating and has been a tremendous learning experience.

As the exhibition comes to life there is a buzz in the workspace and throughout the entire building.

Here are some behind-the-scenes snapshots of what’s going on.

Panoramic gallery view

A panoramic view inside the Civil Rights Gallery at the New York Historical Society, where the Black Fives Exhibition will be on display.

Directional signage

Directional signage helps the museum’s visitors find their way.

Cumberland Posey graphic

A graphic of Cumberland Posey, Jr. is at the center of attention as installers measure and place labels, studs, and fasteners according to previously designed specifications.

Workshop atmosphere

Tools of the trade–dolleys, ladders, drills, measuring tapes, levelers–create a workshop atmosphere inside the museum’s Civil Rights Gallery, in preparation for the exhibition opening this week.

Basketballs leaving vault

Several vintage basketballs make their way out of the archival vault at the New York Historical Society under the care of Victoria Manning, Associate Registrar for Collections, bound for the exhibition space.

An image of John Isaacs appears on the institution's rotating digital display signage that informs patrons of current exhibitions.

An image of Black Fives Era professional basketball star John Isaacs appears on the institution’s rotating digital display signage that informs patrons of current exhibitions. (Image courtesy of the John Isaacs Family Collection.)

Come see the Black Fives Exhibition at the New-York Historical Society, on display from March 14 to July 20, 2014.