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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: Nabataean Shrine Repair

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2/4/2021

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The lab is full of architectural stones as we get ready to reinstall our Nabataean 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: 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: 1920's Bedspread

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12/3/2020

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This bedspread is getting "ready for her close-up."

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: Ceramic Lion

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9/24/2020

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This ceramic lion has been in the lab getting ready for an upcoming gallery rotation, meaning when a group of works from our permanent collection are ‘rotated’ onto view in a gallery.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: From Trash to Treasure

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9/17/2020

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Along with many other areas of research, conservation scientists test the materials that conservators use in treating works of art.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Étienne Hajdú Transformation

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9/10/2020

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An amazing transformation took place this summer in the Paper Lab.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: 1920’s Mirror Coating Removal

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8/20/2020

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This large decorative mirror was designed by Paul Theodore Frankl in the late 1920’s.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A look at Duchamp’s The Coffee Mill

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8/6/2020

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In celebration of his 133rd birthday, let’s take a closer look at Duchamp’s intaglio print of a cubist-style coffee grinder currently undergoing conservation in the Paper Lab.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A Bird's Eye View

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7/30/2020

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A bird's eye view in the textile conservation lab workbench this week brings us these pajama bottoms and a little of the mid-conservation chaos that goes into making them look their best.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Checking in with our summer intern

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7/22/2020

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The objects conservation lab is happy to welcome summer intern Nicole Schmidt, a graduate student from the Garman Art Conservation Department at SUNY Buffalo State in her third year of training.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A sneak peek!

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7/16/2020

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These days, our paintings conservator is working on a painting that, as you can see, is long overdue for cleaning.

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

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7/9/2020

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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

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7/2/2020

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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

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6/25/2020

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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

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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

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6/4/2020

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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

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This week in Objects Conservation we are outside with Pinocchio!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Quarantined in traction!

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5/21/2020

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Here’s a conservation treatment that has continued during the stay-at-home period for our paintings conservator.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Time Well Spent

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5/14/2020

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Our paper conservator has not been in the lab since March, but she is still working on the collection.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: The Padded Headboard Doppelganger

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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

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4/30/2020

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