Getting beautiful objects on display is a multi-stage process that often includes a stop (or several!) in Conservation. This week we installed some new objects in the Forecourt Gallery of the museum, including this child’s dress.
Join the Cincinnati Art Museum during this time of celebration by exploring works by Black artists in the museum’s collection.
We are working on conserving a new piece of the shrine—which is cleaning up very well—revealing beautiful bright red and yellow pigments underneath the coating.
Before the work was shipped to the museum from out of state, our curator of American art, Julie Aronson, PhD, contacted a professionally trained paintings conservator in that region to examine it. He noted a few areas with cracks and lifting paint that might be jeopardized during transport. With permission from the owner , the conservator applied the three tissue paper patches you see here to make sure that no paint flakes were lost in transit.
Heat and moisture melted the missing sequins on this 1925–1926 party dress at the wearer’s armpit.
Many of the carved items (such as the bow held in the hand of the figure on left side of the archway) had broken and required repairs to be carried out under a microscope.
A few months ago, I posted about the complicated surface coatings on Cézanne’s Still Life with Bread and Eggs.” But what was going on under the surface was even more of a surprise.
You can see the conserved Dancing Horse in the special exhibition Galloping Through Dynasties through January 1, 2023
We are “dyeing” to find the perfect shades of pink silk chiffon to repair this 1920s dress!
From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, the late autumn and early winter is a time for reflection and celebration.
This week in objects conservation: Almost 12 months from when we first started the treatment, half of the Jain shrine has been conserved, and a new batch of pieces has moved into the lab to begin treatment.
Our paintings conservator has just begun a big multi-year project, teaming with curators and other scholars, to examine CAM’s collection of 65+ paintings by British artists.
Our textile conservator got to wear all these “hats” this week to address some spots on this settee in Gallery 209, the British portraiture gallery.
These large jars are in rough shape and are currently in the lab for some major repairs.
Along with many unique details, one that sands out about Kim and Rob's wedding is live painter, Stephanie Gaffney.
In the newly opened exhibit, Galloping Through Dynasties, visitors will see several of the museum’s hanging scrolls for the first time.
Saddle up and explore your museum this fall.
As the Fall scenery is creeping in, we at the Cincinnati Art Museum cannot get over this beautiful Spring wedding we hosted earlier this year.
Look for the recently conserved painting in our gallery soon.
Take a peek into preparations for the reopening of the South Asian Galleries, December 2023.
Look for Bread and Eggs (and onions!) to return to the permanent galleries soon.
This test hinted at a dramatic difference!
Earlier this month our Pinocchio sculpture received a maintenance treatment from conservators who specialize in outdoor sculpture conservation from McKay Lodge Art Conservation.
The last step of conserving the large 7’ x 5’ painting by Murillo has arrived.
The lesser-known book, The Book of Thel, is now featured in an exhibit in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
A whole team helped clean the galleries in a gallery-wide dust-up (or down!). Next time you visit the museum, take a minute to think about all the unseen work that goes into keeping all parts of the museum looking their best.
This week in objects conservation: We have finished coating removal and cleaning of one of the 44 pieces of our Jain Shrine!
Our paintings conservator dons an organic vapor mask, turns on the exhaust trunks, and begins brushing thirty-five square feet plus of painted canvas!
Conservation can take you strange places--like up a ladder in a 1929 bedroom!
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about their treatment progress and enjoy seeing them back in the galleries on your next visit!