Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Meet our Summer Intern!

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7/29/2021

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This summer, Michelle Leung has the amazing opportunity to intern here in textile conservation, funded through the generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: 12th Century Mina’I Ceramic Bowl

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7/22/2021

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Catch this newly stabilized object back on display in the Islamic galleries later this year!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Cut and paste

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7/15/2021

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Our paintings conservator has been working on this very large 17th century Neapolitan still-life.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Magic of Magnets

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7/1/2021

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Woman’s folk costume, 1900-1950, Korea, glazed linen; Gift of Mrs. Charles F. Mosher, 1966.1505ab

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: 12th–13th Century Water Jar

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6/24/2021

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This week in objects conservation: Anytime an object is selected for display our objects conservator assesses its condition to determine whether it is stable, or whether it needs conservation treatment before display.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Another Chance Encounter

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6/16/2021

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This upright trio recently encountered one another in the Paintings/Objects Conservation lab.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Look out for LIGHT!

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6/3/2021

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The silk binding edge of this art quilt has been badly damaged by prolonged exposure to light which occurred before it came into the museum’s collection.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: More Ceramics!

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5/27/2021

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These two ceramic pieces have the same condition issues we see in many ceramic objects conserved in the early to mid 20th C.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: So ‘Egg-citing!’

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5/19/2021

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Our painting conservator has been working on this very large 17th century Neapolitan still-life.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Dress Check

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5/6/2021

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This dress is up for consideration to get into a different kind of exclusive party: the museum’s Fashion and Textiles Collection.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: 16th Century Islamic Mug

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4/29/2021

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This week we have a 16th C mug decorated with ships, seas, and animals.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Game, set, MATCH!

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4/8/2021

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Precision dyeing and color-matching is an important part of textile conservation and this week, we have a dyed-to-match success to report for this silk Argentine flag from the Elizabeth Hawes Flag Dress.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: 18th Century Islamic Ceramic Vessel

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4/1/2021

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This week we have an 18thC Islamic ceramic vessel with beautiful underglaze decoration.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A watchful eye!

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3/25/2021

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Our paintings conservator is examining this very large still-life in preparation for cleaning it.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Dollyver Family

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3/11/2021

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Conservation of the 24 “Dollyver” family member is finally complete!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: To Duveneck, From Tarbell

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2/25/2021

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Our paintings conservator has started to clean the varnish from this painting by Edmund Tarbell.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Women’s Shoes from the 1950s

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2/11/2021

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22 pairs of women’s shoes from the 1950s are being prepared for an appearance in the galleries.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Monkey business!

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1/28/2021

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This life size painting by 19th century American artist, Thomas Satterwhite Noble, is a recent acquisition.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: The Procession Returns

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1/21/2021

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Last week our paper conservator visited the Contemporary Arts Center downtown to deinstall the museum’s Panorama of the Procession.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Laundry Day

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1/15/2021

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It was laundry day in textile conservation again! This length of Korean silk is part of a sculpture by Nam June Paik (1936-2006).

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: 10th Century Ceramic Bowl

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1/7/2021

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This bowl, from Iraq, is a beautiful example of lusterware. Luster is an iridescent effect produced by metallic oxides in the overglaze.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: In the nick of time!

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12/17/2020

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We’re still unearthing treasures as we unpack and settle back into our renovated Paintings/Object lab.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Christmas Past, Christmas Present

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12/10/2020

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Soon to move from the paper lab to the gallery is a box decorated with ink and gouache by Elizabeth Boott Duveneck.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Assyrian Stone Wall Relief

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11/19/2020

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This stone relief dates to 883-859 BCE and depicts a divine figure wearing a horned headdress.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Cleansing the palette

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11/12/2020

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A heavy layer of grime covered the surface of the thin wood panel and the remains of paint.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: 1920’s Paul Theodore Frankl Mirror

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10/22/2020

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This week in objects conservation we return to the 1920’s Paul Theodore Frankl mirror. The aluminum leaf on the base and frame is easily abraded and during its use, suffered from normal wear and tear.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Conservator Choices

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10/15/2020

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While the paintings conservation studio is under renovation, we thought you might like a look at an example of the choices that conservators can face.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Return to Storage

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10/8/2020

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In September the light sensitive objects that had been on display in the Women Breaking Boundaries exhibit were returned to storage.