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Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A Long Title for a Long Print

by Conservation

7/9/2020

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

This year the Cincinnati Art Museum is again supporting the Contemporary Arts Center by lending a book to their newly opened exhibit, “Tania Candiani: Sounding Labor, Silent Bodies”.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Storing your fashion objects safely

by Conservation

7/2/2020

objects conservation , textiles , behind the scenes , fashion , storage , padded hangers

Want to store your treasured fashion objects safely at home? If your objects are safe to hang, you can make your own padded hangers.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: 18th Century Chinese Lacquer Table

by Conservation

6/25/2020

behind the scenes , objects conservation , conservation , Lacquerware , chinese lacquer , chinese furniture

This week in objects conservation we are working on a 18thC Chinese lacquer table with shell inlay.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Tale of the Bamboo Cutter

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6/18/2020

Conservation , behind the scenes , Kita Kizuki , Tale of the Bamboo Cutter , Japanese painting , paper conservation , japanese scroll

Staff members have been very active in the museum galleries for the past month. One of the cases that was due for its regular rotation is the hanging scroll case in Gallery 138.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Silk Dress

by Conservation

6/4/2020

conservation , behind the scenes , evening dress , textile conservation , silk dress

It’s working! In the textile conservation lab this week, our textile conservator has been working on preparing this silk dress for an upcoming exhibition.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Conserving Pinocchio

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5/28/2020

Jim Dine , Pinocchio , behind the scenes , conservation

This week in Objects Conservation we are outside with Pinocchio!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: The Padded Headboard Doppelganger

by Conservation

5/7/2020

textile conservation , behind the scenes , uphostery conservation , headboard , furnture

This padded headboard insert has a doppelganger. It is being prepared for an exhibition next year and came to the textile conservation lab for treatment.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Record Keeping

by Conservation

4/30/2020

behind the scenes , objects conservation , korean lacquered chest , object conservation , record keeping

Did you know that one of the most important parts of conservation is keeping a detailed and thorough record of every treatment?

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Some forensic findings

by Conservation

4/23/2020

Bonnard , paintings conservation , behind the scenes , oil sketch , technical art history

When this landscape by Pierre Bonnard went out on loan to another museum a few years ago, our paintings conservator only had time to surface-clean it, to remove the dust and grime that was on the surface.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Installing Unframed Prints

by Conservation

4/16/2020

Lorna Simpson , women breaking boundaries , waterless lithography , light sensitivity , behind the scenes , conservation

For those of you who saw Women Breaking Boundaries before the museum had to close its galleries, you would have seen the wall-sized piece by Lorna Simpson, Wigs.

The Museum Steps Up

by Geoff Edwards

4/6/2020

behind the scenes , Mary R. Schiff Library and Archives , World War I , Art Academy of Cincinanti

Although the Cincinnati Art Museum is currently closed due to the coronavirus crisis, like museums across the region and across the nation we are looking for ways to help in the fight against the pandemic.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: 19th Century Cup and Saucer

by Conservation

4/2/2020

ceramics conservation , objects conservation , porcelain , capillary action , behind the scenes , cup , saucer

This set is made of porcelain with very thin, translucent walls and a gilt fruit and vine design.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Nineteenth Century American Landscape

by Conservation

3/26/2020

paintings conservation , behind the scenes , american art , landscapes

This painting is a nineteenth century American landscape that has suffered multiple tears in the course of its lifetime, probably due to the poor quality of the canvas.

Extra Brilliant: Gorham Silver Deposit on Rookwood Pottery

by Lea C. Lane, Curatorial Assistant for Decorative Arts and Design

3/24/2020

behind the scenes , Gorham Silver: Designing Brilliance 1850–1970 , Rookwood Pottery Company , Curatorial Blog , Decorative Arts

Keen-eyed visitors to our current exhibition, Gorham: Designing Brilliance, will notice a familiar Cincinnati name on two of the objects: Rookwood Pottery.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Day Dress

by Conservation

3/12/2020

in pretty finery , textile conservation , historic dress , dunlevy , behind the scenes

Check out this behind the scenes look from our conservators.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: 19th Century Lacquered Chest

by Conservation

3/5/2020

behind the scenes , conservation , objects conservation , lacquered chest , concealed objects , hidden objects

This week in objects conservation we open up the 19th C Lacquered chest.

Research for upcoming exhibition 'Galloping through Dynasties'

by Hou-mei Sung, Ph.D. 宋后楣

3/2/2020

behind the scenes , Galloping through Dynasties , Curatorial Blog , research , Center for Chinese Studies

In late 2019, I received a research grant from the Center for Chinese Studies in Taipei to conduct research on the catalogue of our upcoming exhibition Galloping through Dynasties.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Yellow quashes violet!

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2/27/2020

sisley , Impressionism , paintings conservation , varnish removal , yellowed varnish , behind the scenes , conservation

This beautiful landscape by Impressionist Alfred Sisley was recently being cleaned of its varnish by our paintings conservator.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: The perks of being a conservator!

by Conservation

1/30/2020

hassam , Impressionism , impressionist , conservation , paintings conservation , behind the scenes

One of the perks of being a conservator is of course spending many hours up-close-and-personal with great art.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Frank Duveneck Print

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1/23/2020

Frank Duveneck , Monotype , Paper Conservation , behind the scenes , prints , Mussel Gatherers in Chioggia

If you have been following the Behind the Scenes in Conservation posts, you know that a lot of works by Frank Duveneck have passed through the Conservation Department over the past years.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Installing New Fashion Acquisitions

by Conservation

1/16/2020

textile conservation , Comme des Garcons , behind the scenes , conservation , fashion , textiles , recent acquisitions , new at cam , jacket , dress , tank top , clothing

In a few weeks, we are installing some recent acquisitions from CAM’s fashion collection in Gallery 150.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: 1740’s Rococo Gilt Table Returns

by Conservation

1/9/2020

gilt furniture , furniture conservation , rococo , art conservation , behind the scenes

This week in objects conservation we return to the 1740’s Rococo gilt table.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Overpainting vs. inpainting

by Conservation

12/12/2019

Thomas Wilmer Dewing , Maria Oakey Dewing , inpainting , overpaint , retouching , paintings conservation , conservation , behind the scenes

Conservation of this painting on wood panel by the Dewing husband-and-wife team was undertaken because the retouching on the painting had discolored.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: From One Artist to Another

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12/5/2019

Robert Blum , William Merritt Chase , paper conservation , conservation , behind the scenes

This drawing recently came to the paper lab to have some old paper remnants removed. The drawing is on the back of a letter, and some of the writing was obscured.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Conservation History

by Conservation

11/21/2019

conservation , women breaking boundaries , conservation history , power of her , CAM archives , behind the scenes

CAM is proud to have one of the oldest art conservation labs in the country which started with a single, part-time paintings conservator in 1935.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: 1740's French Table

by Conservation

11/14/2019

behind the scenes , objects conservation , furniture , rococo

This 1740’s French Rococo gilt table is in the lab receiving treatment for an upcoming exhibition in 2021.

Library Blog: Victorian Illustration Display

by Alexis Horst, Library Assistant

11/13/2019

behind the scenes , Mary R. Schiff Library and Archives , John Atkinson Grimshaw , victorian period , book , Illustrations

The Victorian Period is widely known as a time of rapid industrialization, mechanization, and scientific inquiry.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A Mysterious Appearance

by Conservation

11/8/2019

behind the scenes , conservation , Thomas Wilmer Dewing , paintings conservation , oil on panel , Maria Oakey Dewing , X-ray , X-radiography , X-raying_paintings , Google Art Project

This tall narrow painting by a husband-and-wife pair is in the paintings conservation studio for removal of varnish and discolored retouching.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A Troublesome Letter

by Conservation

10/31/2019

behind the scenes , conservation , Twatchman , letter , John Henry Twachtman , paper conservation

Oil paintings do not usually come to the Paper Lab, but occasionally the conservators share projects, and that is the case here.