IMA Teacher Workshop

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On Friday, May 31st we're going to be visiting the Indianapolis Museum of Art to meet with some local teachers and talk about using conservation perspectives in classroom (or in-gallery) teaching. We'll be in Indy for the American Institute for Conservation's annual conference, where we're also presenting a talk on using digital media to communicate context for artworks. We are very grateful to Heidi Davis-Soylu, Jessica Watson, and Richard McCoy at the IMA for all their support of this workshop and we are really looking forward to meeting all the teachers!

Below are some links to web content related to the objects we'll be discussing in the galleries:

Bellini and Mainardi: Renaissance Panel Painting

Mainardi Interactive pages focus on a panel painting by Sebastiano Mainardi, answering questions like "How was it made?", "What happened to it?", and "How do we save it?" An exhibition during the conservation of this painting in 2008 allowed visitors to watch the conservators at work.

The conservation of the Mainardi panel painting is explained in this 9 minute video.

Bellini Interactive pages describe the materials, investigation, condition, and conservation of paintings by Giovanni Bellini, with a focus on the way different imaging techniques provide critical information on the making of and condition of the paintings.

Robert Indiana

Video of Conservator Richard McCoy talking about Robert Indiana's Numbers

Another video where Richard talks more specifically about the conservation/restoration of these works

A blog post interview with Richard about the exhibition

A fun video from 2006 documenting the deinstallation, refinishing, and reinstallation of Indiana's iconic LOVE sculpture.

African Art

Short videos by conservator Kristen Adsit:

Tusian helmet mask

Yoruba royal headdress

Edo terracotta head

Fon metal figure

Other interesting blog posts by IMA conservators

Hello from Down Here

Burn Out or Fade Away: fading and colorfastness of pigments and dyes

Less is More: examination and assessment of a painting using infrared and xray

General information about conservation

The American Institute for Conservation Resource Center has links to a number of useful pages on their site. Stories in Conservation highlights interesting projects, while the FAQ answers general questions about conservation; Caring for your Treasures presents an overview of how to care for common types of art objects.

The K-12 Educational Outreach page presents a selection of interesting sites and links as well as information on how to contact a conservator in your area interested in outreach to schools or working with students and teachers. Additional links are going up on the conservation wiki (see link at the bottom of this page). Please help us make these resources better - let us know what you'd like to see!

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