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Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Putting Our Best Foot Forward

by Obie Linn, Conservator of Textiles

2/1/2024

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

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: Jain Shrine—Now on Display!

by Kelly Rectenwald, Objects Conservator

9/14/2023

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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: Jain Shrine Nearing Completion!

by Kelly Rectenwald, Associate Objects Conservator

5/18/2023

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The treatment on our Jain Shrine is (finally!) nearing completion!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Filling-in Areas of Loss

by Kelly Rectenwald, Associate Objects Conservator

3/23/2023

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After removing all the old adhesive and over paint, we revealed several areas of loss to the painted scene on the glazed surface. This loss was likely caused by the same incident that damaged the foot causing the piece to break into multiple fragments.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Conserving and Displaying a Palampore

by Obie Linn, Associate Conservator of Textiles

3/2/2023

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Are you a pal of Indian textiles? Then be sure to see the palampore currently on display in the South Asian Gallery!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Jain Shrine—Revealing Multiple Layers of History

by Kelly Rectenwald, Associate Objects Conservator

2/23/2023

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While cleaning and conserving our Jain shrine, we discovered several layers of paint from different periods of its history. The carved wooden designs would have been repainted several times during its use as a devotional object.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Preparing a Vintage Child’s Dress for Display

by Obie Linn, Associate Conservator of Textiles

2/2/2023

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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.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Cleaning Up the Jain Shrine—Work Continues!

by Kelly Rectenwald, Associate Objects Conservator

1/26/2023

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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.

Ivory Shrine: Tiny but Mighty

by Kelly Rectenwald, Objects Conservator

12/21/2022

CAMConservation, behind the scenes, objects conservation

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.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Jain Shrine Update

by Conservation

11/17/2022

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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.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A Pair of Ceramic Jars

by Conservation

10/20/2022

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These large jars are in rough shape and are currently in the lab for some major repairs.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Jain Shrine Reveal

by Conservation

7/28/2022

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This week in objects conservation: We have finished coating removal and cleaning of one of the 44 pieces of our Jain Shrine!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: The JoLynn and Byron Gustin Gallery

by Conservation

6/30/2022

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We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about their treatment progress and enjoy seeing them back in the galleries on your next visit!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: So Tiny!

by Conservation

5/12/2022

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This beaded bag from the 1920s is in the textile conservation lab for some stabilization where some of the beading threads were broken, but it presented a special challenge...

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Small But Mighty

by Conservation

5/5/2022

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This week in objects conservation: In contrast to our very large Jain shrine, this week we are working on a very tiny shrine!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Thread Count

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4/14/2022

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This silk chiffon scarf--part of a dress by designer Anna Jeanne Hallée designed in 1924—is undergoing conservation for significant loss and weakness where only shreds and threads remained around the central section.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Shrine Time

by Conservation

4/7/2022

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This week in objects conservation: We take another look at the progress being made on our 17th C Jain Shrine.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: 17th Century Jain Shrine

by Conservation

3/10/2022

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This week in objects conservation: another large architectural object has entered the conservation lab!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Wooden Cabinet Inlaid with Ivory and Brass

by Conservation

2/10/2022

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This week in the objects conservation lab: A beautiful wooden cabinet inlaid with ivory and brass.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Eccentric Wefts

by Conservation

1/20/2022

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It’s getting weavy weird in the textile conservation lab this week!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Ancient Middle East Gallery

by Conservation

12/16/2021

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This week in objects conservation, we’re doing the finishing touches to the 100+ objects being installed in our newly renovated Ancient Middle East Gallery, opening Saturday, December 18.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: The end of treatment is near!

by Conservation

11/18/2021

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We’ve come a long way on the treatment of the Elizabeth Hawes flag dress! If

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: 19th Century Silver Bowl

by Conservation

9/15/2021

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In the objects conservation lab this week: we have a beautiful, though heavily tarnished, 19th C silver bowl in the lab being treated before going on display next year.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Grime Be Gone

by Conservation

8/19/2021

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In Objects Conservation: This 19th C carved wooden box is in the lab undergoing conservation before display in an upcoming reinstallation of our South Asian Art Galleries.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Meet our Summer Intern!

by Conservation

7/29/2021

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This summer, Michelle Leung has the amazing opportunity to intern here in textile conservation, funded through the generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: 12th Century Mina’I Ceramic Bowl

by Conservation

7/22/2021

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Catch this newly stabilized object back on display in the Islamic galleries later this year!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Magic of Magnets

by Conservation

7/1/2021

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Woman’s folk costume, 1900-1950, Korea, glazed linen; Gift of Mrs. Charles F. Mosher, 1966.1505ab

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: 12th–13th Century Water Jar

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6/24/2021

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This week in objects conservation: Anytime an object is selected for display our objects conservator assesses its condition to determine whether it is stable, or whether it needs conservation treatment before display.