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Behind the Scenes in Conservation: The Procession Returns

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Order of Cincinnatus , Eleventh Cincinnati Exposition , Panorama print , behind the scenes , conservation , paper conservation

Last week our paper conservator visited the Contemporary Arts Center downtown to deinstall the museum’s Panorama of the Procession, a color lithograph book that was featured in the exhibit Tania Candiani: Sounding Labor, Silent Bodies.

Shown here are two views of a portion of the book on display with Candiani’s reinterpretation of the floats in the parade, Procession. Both accordion-fold books were carefully refolded and packed. The Panorama of the Procession was transported back to the Cincinnati Art Museum in a custom-made box inside a hard case, well protected for its short journey across town. The book remained packed in its case for several days to acclimate to the museum’s environment, after which it was opened and our conservator examined once more before returning it to storage.


Tania Candiani, Procession, ink, graphite, thread, collage on paper in hardboard cover, 2020, Courtesy of the artist and Galeria Vermelho

Thomson, Peter G., Roma: Panorama of the Progression of the Order of Cincinnatus at the Opening of the Eleventh Cincinnati Exposition September 1883, color lithograph panorama in hardboard cover, 1883, Gift of Clyde M. Bowden, 2013.191