Conservation at American Art

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...

Picture This: Behind-the-Scenes at the Renwick's Grand Salon

June 13, 2013

American Art conservators take great care when dusting the paintings in the Renwick Gallery's Grand Salon. Related: Read about our other behind-the-scenes conservation work here at American Art.

Conservation: Bathing A Plaster Beauty

June 11, 2013

Morgan Nau, an objects conservator and plaster specialist on fellowship with American Art's Lunder Center clues us into how conservators keep our artworks clean. Detail, Karl Bitter's Diana Anyone who's ever cleaned and polished a wooden table, and then returned...

Cleaning Up Our Cowboy

May 30, 2013

Vaquero, by Luis Jiménez This past week, the iconic sculpture Vaquero, which was modeled in 1980 and cast in 1990 by Luis Jiménez, received its annual cleaning by museum conservators. A year’s worth of acid rain, car exhaust, bird droppings...

Preserving the Parlor's Pictures

May 3, 2013

[Three Men and a Woman], Artist unidentified. Few architectural ideas are able to capture a sense of historical romanticism as readily as the notion of the nineteenth century parlor. Dark wood interiors complimented by the delicate white lace of table...