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Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Micromosaic Jewelry

by Kelly Rectenwald, Associate Objects Conservator

2/22/2024

objects conservation, CAMConservation, micromosaic jewelry, fashion

This week in objects conservation, we are working on several pieces of micromosaic jewelry made in Italy during the late-19th century.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Macro-Scanning Cézanne’s Still Life

by Serena Urry, Chief Conservator

2/15/2024

CAMConservation, Cezanne, paintings conservation, hidden paintings, X-ray, XRF macro-scan

Last month, three Northwestern scientists brought their highly specialized scanning and imaging equipment to the museum and spent a week in our Paintings/Objects lab.

Renovations & Transformations: A Museum Makeover

by Franck Mercurio, Publications Editor

2/13/2024

Margaret H. DeWitt Entrance, Adams-Emery building, Potter, Tyler, Martin & Roth, Cincinnati Historical Society, Eve Disconsolate, emersion DESIGN, Triversity Construction, Renovations, Marek Family Commons

If you’ve visited the Cincinnati Art Museum in the past few months, you might have noticed construction work on the museum’s first floor, just past the Great Hall, where Hiram Power’s marble sculpture of Eve Disconsolate once stood.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Preparing Woo Chong Yung for Display

by Cecile Mear, Conservator of Works on Paper

2/8/2024

paper conservation, Woo Chong Yung, C.Y. Woo, Wu Zhongxiong, Asian Art, Asian painting conservation

Preparations are well underway for the upcoming exhibition From Shanghai to Ohio: Woo Chong Yung (1898-1989). In fact, we have been developing the show for more than four years.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Putting Our Best Foot Forward

by Obie Linn, Associate Conservator of Textiles

2/1/2024

CAMConservation, textile conservation, Rei Kawakubo, behind the scenes, Historical Shoes, Comme des Garcons

Something is afoot with these shoes! Can you put your finger (or toe) on the difference?

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Reconstructing a Shattered Glass Shade

by Kelly Rectenwald, Associate Objects Conservator

1/25/2024

CAMConservation, objects conservation, glass lamp shade, rejoining fragments

This iridescent green shade came to the lab in a box of fragments. Piece by piece, I built the individual fragments back into a shade.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Cleaning a Visitor Favorite: Girl Eating Porridge

by Serena Urry, Chief Conservator

1/18/2024

CAMConservation, Bouguereau, surface cleaning, visitor favorite, paintings conservation

This visitor favorite, Girl Eating Porridge, by French artist Adolphe William Bouguereau (1825–1905), was acquired by the museum in 1884, a mere ten years after the artist painted it.

Reframing the World’s Fairs

by Mackenzie Strong, Curatorial Assistant for Decorative Arts & Design

1/16/2024

World's Fair, World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893, propaganda, nationalism, Ida B. Wells, Frederick Douglass, Ferdinand Lee Barnett, Curatorial Blog

If we look at just one example—the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago—we can see how these celebrations of artistic and scientific achievements also communicated complex messages about identity and race.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Treatment of Cincinnati’s Galt House

by Cecile Mear, Conservator of Works on Paper

1/11/2024

paper conservation, Galt House Cincinnati, Emil Klauprecht, historic Cincinnati, lithograph, CAMConservation

In my post of November 30, I promised to explain what it took to improve the appearance and the mechanical condition of Emil Klauprecht’s 1830s lithograph, Galt House.

Behind the Scenes with the 10x10 Team: Getting Ready

by Adelie Wartman, Programs Intern for Learning & Interpretation

1/10/2024

10x10 Teen Art Expo, teens, volunteers, behind the scenes, Fashion Arts & Textiles

The main goal of the 10x10 Teen Art Expo is to highlight 7–12 graders' artwork—all created in a 10-inch-by-10-inch format—interpreting a theme the 10x10 Teen Volunteer Team chooses.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Small Wonders: Tiraz Textile Fragments

by Obie Linn, Associate Conservator of Textiles

1/4/2024

CAMConservation, tiraz textiles, textile conservation

Check out some small wonders from the world of textile artwork!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Reconstructing a Japanese Doll’s Tea Set

by Kelly Rectenwald, Associate Objects Conservator

12/28/2023

CAMConservation, objects conservation, tea set, Japan, Japanese Art, Miss Mariko Okinawa

These tiny ceramic fragments are part of a Japanese doll’s tea set. I am working on putting these pieces back together so that they can be displayed with their doll in the future.

Illuminating the Exhibition Process

by Amy Dehan, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design

12/21/2023

exhibitions, Curatorial Blog, exhibition design, exhibition development, Clearly Indigenous: Native Visions Reimagined in Glass, Dr. Letitia Chambers, Joe Feddersen

As a curator, I’m often asked how long it takes to bring an exhibition together. The answer is . . . it varies.

Green Team: Repurposing Exhibition Building Materials

by Franck Mercurio, Publications Editor

12/14/2023

green team, design and installation, Scrap2Home, exhibition design, exhibitions, sustainability

What happens to an exhibition’s display cases after a temporary show has ended and all the art has been de-installed?

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A Portrait’s Curious Characteristics

by Serena Urry, Chief Conservator

12/7/2023

CAMConservation, paintings conservation, Weir, Twachtman, X-ray, hidden paintings

This small painting by American artist Julian Alden Weir (1852–1919) was donated to the museum by the artist in 1911.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Traveling for the Holidays?

by Cecile Mear, Conservator of Works on Paper

11/30/2023

Galt House Cincinnati, Emil Klauprecht, CAMConservation, works on paper, paper conservation

At first glance it is obvious the print has had a rough life.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Getting technical with textiles! What’s “selvage”?

by Obie Linn, Conservator of Textiles

11/16/2023

CAMConservation, selvage, Art Deco, fabric, textile conservation

We’ve got it all! All the width of this 1920s embroidered voile (fine soft sheer fabric), that is.

Accra and London, via Detroit

by Nathaniel M. Stein, PhD, Curator of Photography

11/13/2023

Accra, London, James Barnor, Curatorial Blog, photography, Detroit Institute of Arts

In early October, I was delighted to participate in a scholars’ day at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). For those outside the museum biz, a scholars’ day is a convening of curators, academics, and sometimes expert collectors, artists, and gallerists, who gather to share a deep dive on an artist or movement featured in a special exhibition.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Revealing the Details of an Egyptian Scarab Ring

by Kelly Rectenwald, Objects Conservator

11/9/2023

CAMConservation, objects conservation, ancient egypt, scarab ring, bronze, bronze disease

Several small copper alloy objects, pieces of jewelry and articles of adornment, are all showing signs of bronze disease.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Gainsborough’s Ladies

by Serena Urry, Chief Conservator

11/2/2023

CAMConservation, paintings conservation, Thomas Gainsborough

These three portraits by 18th-century British artist Thomas Gainsborough are in the paintings conservation lab to be examined for the British catalog project.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Repairing an Ancient Egyptian Jar

by Kelly Rectenwald, Associate Objects Conservator

10/12/2023

ancient egypt, ceramic jar, objects conservation, challenging repair, CAMConservation

In the Conservation Lab, we are working on this large ceramic jar from Dynasty I Egypt (3100–2900 BCE).

A Killer Look: Miniature Votive Shield with Head of Alexander the Great as Gorgoneion

by Rose Milnes, Curatorial Assistant for South Asian Art, Islamic Art, and Antiquities

10/11/2023

Alexander the Great, gorgon, gorgoneion, Greek art, Ancient Mediterranean, Staff, CAM favorites, Curatorial Blog

As the new Curatorial Assistant for South Asian Art, Islamic Art, and Antiquities, finding “my favorite piece here at the museum is a serious task! The possibilities for finding “the one” are endless.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A Twisted Tale

by Serena Urry, Chief Conservator

10/5/2023

CAMConservation, paintings conservation, panel paintings

This small round painting, attributed to the studio of the 17th century Dutch artist Frans Hals, was recently in the paintings conservation lab to have its discolored varnish removed.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: View of the Museum on the Hill

by Cecile Mear, Conservator of Works on Paper

9/28/2023

CAMConservation, Cincinnati Art Museum, collodion photograph, paperweight, archives

An interesting artifact has entered the museum Archives, courtesy of Archivist/Records Manager Geoff Edwards. This glass paperweight holds a small photograph of the museum and the Cincinnati Art Academy (now located downtown).

New Acquisition: A Vibrant Quilt by Woomin Kim

by Cynthia Amneus, Chief Curator | Curator of Fashion Arts and Textiles

9/22/2023

Woomin Kim, quilt, Shijang Project, Korean Market, Fashion Arts & Textiles, Curatorial Blog

We recently acquired a work by Woomin Kim, a young Korean-born artist who lives and works in Queens, New York.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Ready for a Closeup? Hawes’ Flag Dress

by Obie Linn, Textile Conservator

9/21/2023

textile conservation, Elizabeth Hawes, Flag Dress, before and after, CAMConservation, textiles

There are few things more satisfying than seeing some really dramatic “before and after” photos when a conservation treatment is complete! Conservation of Elizabeth Hawes’ “flag dress” or Geographic (1940) has wrapped up, and now you can flip through a whole album of “before/after” pairs showing the transformations of many of the flags that cover the dress.

Enjoy Our New Fall Menu in the Terrace Café!

by Franck Mercurio, Publications Editor

9/20/2023

Terrace Cafe, Picasso Landscapes: Out of Bounds, fall menu, local food, sustainability, vegetable gardening

When asked about his philosophy behind the Terrace Café’s new fall menu, Executive Chef Yajan (“Yaj”) Upadhyaya gave a straightforward answer.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Jain Shrine—Now on Display!

by Kelly Rectenwald, Associate Objects Conservator

9/14/2023

behind the scenes, objects conservation, CAMConservation, Jain Shrine

If you’ve been following our Conservation blog posts, you may have seen several updates as we carried out treatment over the past two years.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Reflection by Raphael Soyer

by Cecile Mear, Conservator of Works on Paper

8/31/2023

Raphael Soyer, prints, paper conservation, CAMConservation

In 2019 and 2020 the museum received three prints by American artist Raphael Soyer (1899–1987), the first of his prints to enter the museum’s collection.