Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Lending a hand to a museum in need

by Conservation

6/21/2018

behind the scenes , conservation , Gutenberg

While in Houston for the annual meeting of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), our paper conservator had the opportunity to use her expertise to help a small museum.

Terracotta Army Blog: Chariot no. 1

by Hou-mei Sung, Curator of East Asian Art

6/15/2018

Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China , Chariot , Terracotta Warriors , Curatorial

In October 2015, when I first visited Xian and the First Emperor’s mausoleum, the two bronze Chariots and horses were among the objects that fascinated me the most.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Dr. Dollworth gets an x-ray

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6/14/2018

x-ray , behind the scenes , conservation , Dollyver

Last week, Conservation was lucky enough to have an on-site demonstration of digital x-ray by Cory Morriss from GE and Scott Hunley of RCON NDT.

The Illustrations of George Barbier

by Molly Donnermeyer

6/13/2018

George Barbier , Art Deco , Art Nouveau , Mary R. Schiff Library and Archives

Following World War I the style known as Art Deco rose in popularity. Originating in France, Art Deco was a response to the style known as Art Nouveau, which was characterized by its organic and curvilinear lines.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: No pun intended!

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5/31/2018

behind the scenes , conservation , Frank Duveneck , paintings

There was a mysterious alteration in this painting. This is a detail of the bottom (also no pun intended) right corner of a nude study by Frank Duveneck, taken while the painting was being cleaned.

New Acquisition: When Past and Present Collide

by Amy Dehan, Curator of Decorative Arts & Design

5/29/2018

Rookwood Pottery Company , New Acquisition , Murals , Fireplace

Among the beloved early-twentieth-century Rookwood murals, fireplace and fountain in The Procter & Gamble Gallery (G126), you’ll now find a striking new addition: The Living Room Fireplace.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A report from our paper conservation intern, Cara Roth

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5/24/2018

behind the scenes , conservation , Jean Wentzel , paper conservation , prints

This spring in paper conservation, we’re looking at a print of Cincinnati, a view of the city from across the river in Kentucky.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Dye Recipe Catalog

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5/17/2018

behind the scenes , conservation , dye catalog , conservation lab

The dye recipe catalog is an important tool in a textile conservation lab.

The Art of the Bike

by Molly Donnermeyer

5/11/2018

Charles Dana Gibson , August Sander , Marcel Duchamp , Mary R. Schiff Library and Archives

Artists have been fascinated by various modes of transportation throughout time, but the bicycle in particular has a way of capturing the imagination.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Eagle Sculpture Revisited

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5/10/2018

behind the scenes , conservation , scuplture

This week in objects conservation we revisit our stone sculpture of an eagle wrestling a serpent.

4 Ways to Celebrate Mother's Day at CAM

by Keith Gollar

5/8/2018

Mother's Day , Terrace Cafe , Terracotta Army , Gift Shop , Shopping

Treat your mother to a wonderful day at the Cincinnati Art Museum!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Varnish and Grime

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5/3/2018

behind the scenes , conservation , Edward Moran , American Art

When a conservator cleans a painting it’s usually described as using solvents to remove varnish and grime layers.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Gigi Scaria Panorama

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4/26/2018

behind the scenes , conservation , Gigi Scaria

When we think of photographs, we usually picture a piece of paper, often of a size that can be mounted in an album or framed and hung on the wall of our home.

Etchings & words about the Seasons: The Work of Clare Leighton

by Molly Donnermeyer

4/13/2018

Clare Leighton , Etchings , Illustrations , Mary R. Schiff Library and Archives

“Spring is here with us. In little wafts it touches the trees and hedges, giving us a feeling of a certainty that it is here for always, and that we have left behind us the cold and wet of winter…”

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Cleaning the Chihuly

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4/12/2018

behind the scenes , Dale Chihuly , conservation , Rio Delle Torreselle

Once a year our objects conservation team cleans the Rio Delle Torreselle Chandelier by Dale Chihuly.

National Volunteer Week Spotlight: Marilyn Collins

by Marilyn Collins

4/12/2018

volunteers , visitor service aides , visitor services

"As a volunteer, I have the opportunity to inspire people and connect our communities through the power of art. I am also enriched and rewarded by the experience."

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Corot completed!

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4/4/2018

behind the scenes , conservation , Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot , French Painting , Painting

This portrait by French artist Jean Baptiste-Camille Corot has been on the blog before and now treatment of the painting and frame are finished.

Around the world in seven days: A CAM adventure

by Jill E. Dunne

3/29/2018

terracotta army , china , behind the scenes , qin dynasty , asian art , Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China

Director of Marketing and Communications Jill E. Dunne tells the story of her exciting trip to China in preparation for the Terracotta Army exhibition at CAM.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Eden Park Watercolor

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3/28/2018

behind the scenes , conservation , watercolor , Eden Park , Valentine Bonhajo

While listening to forecasts of a winter storm last week, the paper conservator was enjoying this view of Eden Park’s Mirror Lake in the height of summer.

5 reasons you should spend your Easter at CAM

by Keith Gollar

3/26/2018

easter , things to do , special exhibitions

Cincinnati Art Museum will be open on Easter Sunday.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Photography and Examination in the Great Hall

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3/22/2018

behind the scenes , conservation , indian summer carpet

When the museum is closed to visitors, CAM staff uses the Great Hall for photography large pieces.

Let’s Go to the Movies!

by Julie Aronson, Curator of American Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings

3/21/2018

curatorial , Cincinnati history , Louis Charles Vogt , American Painting , Cincinnati artists

Posted by: Julie Aronson, Curator of American Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Conserving Delicate Folding Fans

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3/15/2018

conservation , folding fan , Decorative Arts , behind the scenes

This decorative folding fan is in the objects conservation lab for treatment.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: The Home Stretch!

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3/8/2018

behind the scenes , conservation , altarpiece , retablo of saint peter , 15th century

Our paintings conservator is rounding up the final bits and pieces that comprise the 15th century Spanish altarpiece, the Retablo of Saint Peter.