Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Folk Art Grime Removal

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10/17/2018

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Our paintings conservator has been removing a thick grime layer from this recently acquired folk art painting.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: New World Views

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10/11/2018

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The prints for New World Views are now on view, but before they were matted, framed and hung, the prints spent time in the Paper Lab.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Fresh Laundry

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10/4/2018

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This week in textile conservation we did a load of laundry: doll clothes from the Dollyver family set of dolls currently undergoing conservation treatment.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Eagle Wrestling with Serpent

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9/28/2018

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Objects conservation is finishing the treatment of the Nabataean limestone sculpture Eagle Wrestling with Serpent, which dates from 50-150 CE.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Rubens

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9/20/2018

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The oil sketch is one of a few paintings in our collection that is framed in a special sealed-environment package.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Doll Transformation

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9/6/2018

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You may have seen a post about this doll a few weeks ago when her costume was undergoing treatment in the textile conservation lab.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: The Conservation-on-View Retablo returns!

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8/23/2018

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A few weeks ago our paintings conservator teamed with our expert Installation Department to return Zaragoza’s “Retablo of Saint Peter” to its gallery after conservation.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Collecting Calligraphy

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8/16/2018

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This page from a Qur’an was written in the 13th century in Spain.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Miniature Textile Conservation

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8/9/2018

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A visit to the workbench in textile conservation today might feel a little like visiting a fashion studio--in miniature.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Nabataean Shrine

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8/2/2018

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Our objects conservator has been working with Andy Wolf, an intern from NYU’s graduate training program.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Which solvents are best?

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7/26/2018

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Our paintings conservator has been examining this little painting by John. H. Twachtman.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Qur’an Paper Repair

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7/19/2018

conservation , Collecting Calligraphy , Qur'ran , paper conservation , behind the scenes

ur paper conservator is spending the summer looking very closely at intriguing documents that will soon be on view in Collecting Calligraphy: Arts of the Islamic World.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Mounting Unusual Objects in the Museum

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7/12/2018

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Take a peek behind the scenes—or under the rug, in this case!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Train X-ray

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7/3/2018

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A few weeks ago when we had our GE digital x-ray demo running in the Conservation department, our objects conservator brought in the spectacular Railway Engine Coffeemaker for imaging.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Interpreting x-rays, conservation-style

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6/27/2018

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Here’s a detail of one of the paintings from Zaragoza’s “Retablo of Saint Peter.” At left is the same detail in normal light, after conservation.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Lending a hand to a museum in need

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6/21/2018

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While in Houston for the annual meeting of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), our paper conservator had the opportunity to use her expertise to help a small museum.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Dr. Dollworth gets an x-ray

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6/14/2018

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Last week, Conservation was lucky enough to have an on-site demonstration of digital x-ray by Cory Morriss from GE and Scott Hunley of RCON NDT.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: No pun intended!

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5/31/2018

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There was a mysterious alteration in this painting. This is a detail of the bottom (also no pun intended) right corner of a nude study by Frank Duveneck, taken while the painting was being cleaned.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A report from our paper conservation intern, Cara Roth

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5/24/2018

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This spring in paper conservation, we’re looking at a print of Cincinnati, a view of the city from across the river in Kentucky.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Dye Recipe Catalog

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5/17/2018

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The dye recipe catalog is an important tool in a textile conservation lab.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Eagle Sculpture Revisited

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5/10/2018

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This week in objects conservation we revisit our stone sculpture of an eagle wrestling a serpent.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Varnish and Grime

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5/3/2018

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When a conservator cleans a painting it’s usually described as using solvents to remove varnish and grime layers.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Gigi Scaria Panorama

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4/26/2018

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When we think of photographs, we usually picture a piece of paper, often of a size that can be mounted in an album or framed and hung on the wall of our home.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Cleaning the Chihuly

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4/12/2018

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Once a year our objects conservation team cleans the Rio Delle Torreselle Chandelier by Dale Chihuly.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Corot completed!

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4/4/2018

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This portrait by French artist Jean Baptiste-Camille Corot has been on the blog before and now treatment of the painting and frame are finished.

Around the world in seven days: A CAM adventure

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3/29/2018

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Director of Marketing and Communications Jill E. Dunne tells the story of her exciting trip to China in preparation for the Terracotta Army exhibition at CAM.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Eden Park Watercolor

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3/28/2018

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While listening to forecasts of a winter storm last week, the paper conservator was enjoying this view of Eden Park’s Mirror Lake in the height of summer.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Photography and Examination in the Great Hall

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3/22/2018

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When the museum is closed to visitors, CAM staff uses the Great Hall for photography large pieces.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Conserving Delicate Folding Fans

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3/15/2018

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This decorative folding fan is in the objects conservation lab for treatment.