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Approaches to Traditional Polychrome Stone and Wooden Sculptures: Conservation at the Cloisters

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29 Sep 2014 15:46

By Hadley Jensen
“Displays are…the locus where the previous history of a work and its past critical reception interface with contemporary responses determined by the specific historical moment of its presentation” –Françoise Forster-Hahn

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On September 23rd, 2014 Hanna Hölling’s “Cultures of Conservation” class took a trip to the upper edge of Manhattan to visit the Cloisters, a branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Cloisters museum and gardens are devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe and have been assembled from various architectural elements, both domestic and religious, which date primarily from the twelfth through the fifteenth century. Located in Fort Tryon Park, on a stunning four-acre lot overlooking the Hudson River, the Cloisters' collection consists of approximately two thousand works of art, including illuminated manuscripts, stained glass, metalwork, enamels, ivories, and tapestries.

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The Lower East Side Tenement Museum: Materiality and Change

Posted by sumolsen
25 Sep 2014 02:25

By Carlie Fishgold and Lara Schilling
“A house that is as dynamic as this allows the poet to inhabit the universe. Or, to put it differently, the universe comes to inhabit his house.” Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

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Yannik Chastang, Conserving Royal Treasures: Secrets of the Workshop

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16 Sep 2014 15:21

By Summer Olsen

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On Monday, September 8th, 2014, Specialist Furniture Conservator, Yannik Chastang gave a Brown Bag Lecture at the BGC entitled “Conserving Royal Treasures: Secrets of the Workshop.” Chastang studied cabinetmaking and marquetry for 6 years at the École Boulle in Paris. He was employed at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris and at the Wallace Collection in London, and has been a furniture conservator since 1995.

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