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Cleaning Up the Jain Shrine—Work Continues!

by Kelly Rectenwald, Associate Objects Conservator

1/26/2023

behind the scenes , objects conservation , CAMConservation

We are working on conserving a new piece of the shrine—which is cleaning up very well—revealing beautiful bright red and yellow pigments underneath the coating.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Brightening a Nearly 100-Year-Old Harbor Scene

by Serena Urry, Chief Conservator

1/19/2023

paintings conservation , CAMConservation , Selden

Before the work was shipped to the museum from out of state, our curator of American art, Julie Aronson, PhD, contacted a professionally trained paintings conservator in that region to examine it. He noted a few areas with cracks and lifting paint that might be jeopardized during transport. With permission from the owner , the conservator applied the three tissue paper patches you see here to make sure that no paint flakes were lost in transit.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: 1920s Chanel Sequined Dress

by Obie Linn, Associate Conservator of Textiles

1/5/2023

CAMConservation , vintage , Chanel , textile conservation , sequins

Heat and moisture melted the missing sequins on this 1925–1926 party dress at the wearer’s armpit.

Ivory Shrine: Tiny but Mighty

by Kelly Rectenwald, Objects Conservator

12/21/2022

CAMConservation , behind the scenes , object conservation

Many of the carved items (such as the bow held in the hand of the figure on left side of the archway) had broken and required repairs to be carried out under a microscope.

Revealing a “Hidden” Cézanne

by Serena Urry, Chief Conservator

12/15/2022

Cezanne , X-ray , CAMConservation , paintings conservation

A few months ago, I posted about the complicated surface coatings on Cézanne’s Still Life with Bread and Eggs.” But what was going on under the surface was even more of a surprise.

Analyzing a Tang Dynasty Horse

by Kelly Rectenwald, Objects Conservator

12/8/2022

Galloping through Dynasties , conservation , CAMConservation

You can see the conserved Dancing Horse in the special exhibition Galloping Through Dynasties through January 1, 2023

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: The Perfect Pink

by Conservation

12/1/2022

#CAMConservation , textile conservation

We are “dyeing” to find the perfect shades of pink silk chiffon to repair this 1920s dress!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Jain Shrine Update

by Conservation

11/17/2022

behind the scenes , objects conservation , CAMConservation , Jain Shrine

This week in objects conservation: Almost 12 months from when we first started the treatment, half of the Jain shrine has been conserved, and a new batch of pieces has moved into the lab to begin treatment.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: The British Invasion... of Conservation

by Conservation

11/10/2022

CAMConservation , paitings conservation , Martin Archer Shee

Our paintings conservator has just begun a big multi-year project, teaming with curators and other scholars, to examine CAM’s collection of 65+ paintings by British artists.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Seeing Spots

by Conservation

10/27/2022

CAMConservation , 1740sfurniture , textile conservation , textiles , Grendey

Our textile conservator got to wear all these “hats” this week to address some spots on this settee in Gallery 209, the British portraiture gallery.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A Pair of Ceramic Jars

by Conservation

10/20/2022

behind the scenes , object conservation , objects conservation , CAMConservation , permanent collection

These large jars are in rough shape and are currently in the lab for some major repairs.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A Fresh Mount for Guan Yu

by Conservation

10/13/2022

CAMConservation , Guan Yu , Chinese rubbing , Scroll mounting , Galloping through Dynasties

In the newly opened exhibit, Galloping Through Dynasties, visitors will see several of the museum’s hanging scrolls for the first time.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Women at the Races

by Conservation

10/6/2022

CAMConservation , Manet , paintings , paintings conservation

Look for the recently conserved painting in our gallery soon.

Behind the Scenes in the South Asian Galleries

by Conservation

9/29/2022

CAMConservation , Palampore , textile conservation , South Asian Art

Take a peek into preparations for the reopening of the South Asian Galleries, December 2023.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Bread, Eggs, and UV Light

by Conservation

9/15/2022

CAMConservation , paintings , Paul Cezanne , still lifes , paintings conservation

Look for Bread and Eggs (and onions!) to return to the permanent galleries soon.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Spot Test!

by Conservation

9/1/2022

CAMConservation , cincyartmuseum , rug conservation , textile conservation

This test hinted at a dramatic difference!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Pinocchio Takes a Bath

by Conservation

8/25/2022

CAMConservation , outdoor art , outdoor sculpture , Pinocchio , Jim Dine

Earlier this month our Pinocchio sculpture received a maintenance treatment from conservators who specialize in outdoor sculpture conservation from McKay Lodge Art Conservation.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Phew!

by Conservation

8/18/2022

Murillo , paintings , paintings conservation , CAMConservation , framing

The last step of conserving the large 7’ x 5’ painting by Murillo has arrived.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: The Book of Thel

by Conservation

8/11/2022

William Blake , The Book of Thel , J.R.R. Tolkien , paper conservation , Haggerty Museum of Art , CAMConservation

The lesser-known book, The Book of Thel, is now featured in an exhibit in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: The Great Gallery Dust-Up

by Conservation

8/4/2022

CAMConservation , textile conservation , colonial furniture , colonial dames

A whole team helped clean the galleries in a gallery-wide dust-up (or down!). Next time you visit the museum, take a minute to think about all the unseen work that goes into keeping all parts of the museum looking their best.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Jain Shrine Reveal

by Conservation

7/28/2022

CAMConservation , Jain Shrine , Reveal , objects conservation , behind the scenes

This week in objects conservation: We have finished coating removal and cleaning of one of the 44 pieces of our Jain Shrine!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Final Countdown

by Conservation

7/21/2022

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Our paintings conservator dons an organic vapor mask, turns on the exhaust trunks, and begins brushing thirty-five square feet plus of painted canvas!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: We Built A Room!

by Conservation

7/7/2022

CAMConservation , art deco , made with mood , Unlocking an Art Deco Bedroom , Joseph Urban

Conservation can take you strange places--like up a ladder in a 1929 bedroom!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: The JoLynn and Byron Gustin Gallery

by Conservation

6/30/2022

behind the scenes , object conservation , objects conservation , CAMConservation

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about their treatment progress and enjoy seeing them back in the galleries on your next visit!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Structural Support

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6/23/2022

Murillo , paintings conservation , paintings , CAMConservation , strip lining

Now that the Murillo has been cleaned of varnish and retouching, it’s time to address its structural support, in other words, the canvas and stretcher.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Emperor Maximilian I

by Conservation

6/15/2022

paper , conservation , Albrecht Dürer , CAMConservation , Joseph Urban , Unlocking an Art Deco Bedroom

When private owners generously allow the museum to display their pieces, the conservators sometimes need to put a little effort into stabilizing them before they go into the gallery. This was the case with a monumental woodcut print by Albrecht Dürer that will soon be seen in the Unlocking an Art Deco Bedroom by Joseph Urban exhibit.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Go big or go home!

by Conservation

6/9/2022

CAMConservation , oversized art , historic carpets , textile conservation , textiles

This carpet is a whopping 25’ by 18,’ easily one of the largest textiles in the collection.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Varnished Villanueva

by Conservation

5/26/2022

Murillo , paintings conservation , CAMConservation

Cleaning of the very large painting by the Spanish artist, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, has begun.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: So Tiny!

by Conservation

5/12/2022

CAMConservation , textile conservation , 1920s bags , behind the scenes

This beaded bag from the 1920s is in the textile conservation lab for some stabilization where some of the beading threads were broken, but it presented a special challenge...

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Small But Mighty

by Conservation

5/5/2022

behind the scenes , object conservation , CAMConservation

This week in objects conservation: In contrast to our very large Jain shrine, this week we are working on a very tiny shrine!