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Conservation at American Art

Conservation: Paint, Tape, and Sardines

March 25, 2014

Jessica Ford is a graduate intern in paintings conservation at the Lunder Conservation Center. She is completing her graduate work at the Winterthur program at the University of Delaware and is currently working on a number of projects with our...


Preserving William H. Johnson’s Works of Art on Paper

March 13, 2014

Im Chan, Smithsonian paper conservation fellow, examines William H. Johnson's Induction Center. As a Smithsonian Institution Fellow in Paper Conservation, Im Chan is spending the year in The Lunder Conservation Center's paper conservation lab studying and treating works on paper...


Picture This: A Study for the Capitol

December 11, 2013

Chief conservator Tiarna Doherty studies x-radiographs of Constantino Brumidi's study for the Rotunda of the Capitol Building. Photography by Conor Doherty. You currently can see Constantino Brumidi's Study for the Apotheosis of Washington in the Rotunda of the United States...


Our America: Preparing Pepón Osorio's El Chandelier for Exhibition

September 24, 2013

Dawn Planas, a graduate conservation student at Buffalo State College, and an intern in the Lunder Conservation Center's objects lab, recently assisted with a treatment of Pepón Osorio's El Chandelier. The sculpture will be featured in the exhibition Our America:...


The Farm Workers’ Altar is Prepared for Exhibition

September 6, 2013

Morgan Nau, Conservation Kress Fellow, recently treated Emanuel Martinez's Farm Workers' Altar. The sculpture will be featured in the exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, which opens on October 25. Martinez created the altar in support of...