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Brown Bag Lunch Talk: "Paper is Part of the Picture"

Posted by catherinestergar
05 Apr 2016 02:27

By Catherine Stergar
Margaret Holben Ellis, the Eugene Thaw Professor of Paper Conservation at New York University, gave a recent Brown Bag Lunch talk entitled “Paper is Part of the Picture.” Ellis, who also serves as Director of the Thaw Conservation Center at Morgan Library and Museum, has done extensive research on the history of paper-making, paper’s forms and uses over time, and its conservation. Her talk at Bard Graduate Center focused on the present-day lack of understanding about the history and varied properties of paper in the museum, conservation, and academic fields. She pointed out that we interact daily with paper but probably do not consider its unique and significant qualities. “Most of us spend considerable time looking at and interpreting written, printed, and drawn marks on paper. We mentally untangle these marks that are on the paper, but what about the paper on which the marks appear?,” asked Ellis. She continued, saying, “Surely paper is part of the picture. Just like we can decipher or read the marks, we can also read the paper, and reading paper will increase its meaning.”

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Cultures of Conservation 'Keyword' Panel: Conserving Conceptual Art

Posted by catherinestergar
18 Mar 2016 03:55

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By Catherine Stergar
On February 23, 2016, Bard Graduate Center held its second 'Keyword' panel in a series that focuses on conservation-related topics and research. Four panelists discussed several important issues regarding the conservation of contemporary art in the Panza Collection at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. The panelists were Glenn Wharton, Jeffrey Weiss, Sherri Irvin, and Francesa Esmay. Each panelist analyzed one of the following words in reference to conservation work: integrity, preservation, intention, and reversibility/retreatability.

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Brown Bag Lecture: “The Analysis of Organic Colorants in Art Objects: Case Studies from the Metropolitan Museum of Art”

Posted by sumolsen
05 Jan 2016 16:40

By Summer Olsen and Catherine Stergar
On Monday, December 7th, Nobuko Shibayama gave a Brown Bag Lecture at Bard Graduate Center entitled “The Analysis of Organic Colorants in Art Objects: Case Studies from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.” Shibayama is an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Scientific Research at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Brown Bag Lunch Talk: “Textile Conservation at Historic Royal Palaces: A 100-Year History”

Posted by sumolsen
09 Dec 2015 21:49

By Catherine Stergar and Summer Olsen

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Charlotte Gamper, who is a textile conservator at Historic Royal Palaces in the United Kingdom, gave a Brown Bag Lunch talk entitled “Textile Conservation at Historic Royal Palaces: A 100-Year History” on November 19, 2015. Gamper obtained her degree in textile conservation at the University of Glasgow and has worked at Historic Royal Palaces for over three years. Historic Royal Palaces manages six palaces in the UK that are open to the public for tours and events. These palaces are Hampton Court Palace, Tower of London, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace, Banqueting House, and Hillsborough Castle. Gamper began her talk by sharing the history of textile restoration and conservation at Historic Royal Palaces before describing recent conservation projects there.

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Cultures of Conservation ‘Keyword’ Panel: Conserving an Alutiiq Kayak

Posted by sumolsen
12 Nov 2015 18:30

By Catherine Stergar
On Tuesday, October 27, 2015, the Bard Graduate Center hosted the “Cultures of Conservation ‘Keyword’ Panel: Conserving an Alutiiq Kayak.” Four panelists spoke about several key issues regarding the preservation and conservation of an Alutiiq warrior or whaler kayak in the collection of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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The mid-19th century kayak, which is believed to be the only surviving Alutiiq warrior/whaler kayak, came into the collection of the Peabody museum in 1869. In 2011, the Peabody museum received a grant from the Save America’s Treasures Program to conserve the kayak in addition to over one hundred other Alutiiq artifacts in the Peabody collection, all of which will be loaned to the Alutiiq Museum in Kodiak, Alaska, for a period of ten years.

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