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This fascinating volume explores how research, craft, and technology are united in the Art Institute of Chicago’s mission to preserve its collection and further art-historical knowledge. Addressing the many challenges conservators face, the publication highlights their work on objects from throughout the museum, including books, furniture, electronic media, paintings, photographs, posters, sculpture, and textiles.
An introductory essay traces the development of the profession and its specific history at the Art Institute. Studies written by the museum’s conservators and curators examine diverse works ranging from an ancient Egyptian statue of Osiris to Bruce Nauman’s video Clown Torture. The authors explore how they determine appropriate treatment, uncover an artist’s intentions and techniques, and employ pathbreaking new technologies.
Table of Contents:
Director’s Foreword James Cuno Introduction Allison Langley and Harriet K. Stratis From the Molecular to the Spectacular: A Statue of Osiris Through the Eyes of a Scientist, a Conservator, and a Curator Francesca Casadio, Emily Heye, and Karen Manchester Binding Beauty: Conserving a Collection of Japanese Printed Books Barbara Korbel and Janice Katz Tarnished by Time: The Technical Study and Treatment of a Rediscovered Old Master Drawing Kristi Dahm Saint John in the Wilderness: Observations on Technique, Style, and Authorship Frank Zuccari, Zahira Véliz, and Inge Fiedler Conservation/Revelation: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s Ballet Dancers Finds Renewed Harmony Faye Wrubel and Francesca Casadio Piecework: Conserving the Florence Elizabeth Marvin Quilt Lorna A. Filippini and Christa C. Mayer Thurman Hodler’s Truth Kristin Hoermann Lister, with contributions by Sharon L. Hirsh, Francesca Casadio, and Inge Fiedler “Treated by Steichen”: The Palladium Prints of Alfred Stieglitz Douglas G. Severson Time and Tide: Restoring Lorado Taft’s Fountain of Time—An Overview Barbara Hall and Robert Aaron Jones Under a Watchful Eye: The Conservation of Soviet Tass-Window Posters Harriet K. Stratis and Peter Zegers On Time: Approaches to the Conservation of Film, Videotape, and Digital Media Suzanne R. Schnepp Guide to Technical Terms Notes
The Art Institute of Chicago, 2005 8 3/8 x 10 1/4 in.; 112 pages; 100 color illustrations Softcover ISBN: 0-300-11342-0
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