Conservation at American Art

Conservation: Cleaning Hiram Powers' Greek Slave

December 18, 2014

Allison Rabent is a pre-program volunteer at the Lunder Conservation Center. She is working with conservators on a variety of activities. Allison, along with the project's lead, Conservation Technician Susan Edwards, recently investigated an ongoing treatment of Hiram Powers' Greek Slave and shares their findings with us below. American Art's sculpture curator, Karen Lemmey, contributed to this post.


Conservation: Materials and Materiality in Eric Fischl’s Tumbling Woman II

November 14, 2014

Eric Fischl's Tumbling Woman II is a poignant and provocative sculpture that is on view in American Art's Lincoln Gallery. In addition to the artwork's historical underpinning and evocative pose, it maintains a distinctive materiality that causes a visitor to pause and engage with its subject.


Conservation of Alexander Calder's Gwenfritz

October 31, 2014

Today, we celebrate, along with colleagues at the National Museum of American History, the rededication of Gwenfritz, a 40-foot tall abstract sculpture by the esteemed American artist Alexander Calder. The artwork was recently conserved and relocated to the site originally selected by the artist. American History intern Auni Gelles shares five behind-the-scenes pieces of information about on the sculpture's recent restoration.


Lunder Conservation Center: Revealing A Drawing Through Preservation

September 18, 2014

Our art conservators discovered a drawing on the back of a William H. Johnson artwork during the conservation process.


From Public Library to Public Gallery, Marvin Beerbohm's Automotive Industry Mural is Reinstalled

September 9, 2014

The polished machinery featured in Marvin Beerbohm's "Automotive Industry" mural will be shimmering a little brighter now that the mural has been treated by the American Art Museum's conservation department. The mural, which was previously located in Detroit's Public Library, was recently installed in the museum's first floor.