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Institution: John Rylands Library, University of Manchester (Manchester, Eng)
Title: Seeing the Invisible: Medieval Hidden heritage Revealed
Topic/Brief Description: Multispectral images of hidden undertext on the "Syriac Galen Palimpsest" ( a medieval manuscript containing a Syriac translation of Galen's main pharmacological treatise, "On Simple Drugs" ) shown side by side with the document
Dates: Oct 30, 2019- March 8, 2020
City/State: Manchester, Eng
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Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield


Institution: Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Title: Conserving Photographs
Topic/Brief Description: A wide selection of works from the museum’s collection that showcase the technical history of photographic processes from the 19th century to the present, as well as the related conservation, preservation, and connoisseurship issues that attend them..
Dates: Nov 21, 2018–Apr 28, 2019
City/State: Chicago, IL
Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI)
Title: Repair and Design Futures
Topic/Brief Description: A multidisciplinary exhibition that investigates mending as material intervention, metaphor, and as a call to action. Repair is framed as a useful exercise applied to beloved textiles and as a global, socially engaged practice within contemporary art and design culture, addressing environmental and sociopolitical ruptures
Dates: Oct 5, 2018 – Jun 30, 2019
City/State: Providence, Rhode Island
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Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: Huntington Library Art Collections and Botanical Gardens (San Marino, California)
Title:Project 'Blue Boy'
Topic/Brief Description: A year long exhibit mounted in conjunction with the conservation of the painting. With displays related to the painting's structure and materials, condition and treatment, and the conservation profession. For several months, the public will be able to view the conservation work in progress.
Dates:September 22, 2018- September 30, 2019
City/State: San Marino, California
Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum at Colonial Williamsburg (Williamsburg, VA)
Title:Upholstery CSI: Reading the Evidence
Topic/Brief Description:Explores the work of Colonial Williamsburg's upholstery conservator Leroy Graves and the methods he devleoped
Dates:May 26, 2018- December 2020
City/State: Williamsburg, VA
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Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: Getty Center (Los Angeles, CA)
Title:Pastels in Pieces
Topic/Brief Description: Explores the practice and purpose of the 18th century technique of piecing together small sheets of paper to form large (painting size) papers for pastel portraits
Dates:January 16- July 29, 2018
City/State: Los Angeles, CA
Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: Block Museum of Art (Evanston, Il)
Title:Paint the Eyes Softer: Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt
Topic/Brief Description: A series of Roman-Egyptian funerary portraits painted on wooden panels between the first and third centuries CE in Egypt which have been the focus of a technical study using imaging techniques.
Dates:January 13- April 22, 2018
City/State: Evanston, IL
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Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield


Institution: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Washington, D.C.)
Title:Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha
Topic/Brief Description: Explores how two 6th century life size Chinese lacquer buddha sculptures were made and shows how science can contribute to an understanding of art.
Dates:December 9, 2017- June 10, 2018
City/State: Washington, D.C.
Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (New York, NY)
Title:Restoring the Minoans: Elizabeth Price and Sir Arthur Evans
Topic/Brief Description:Presenting artifacts from Minoan Crete and archival materials from the Sir Arthur Evans Archive together with a video installation by Elizabeth Price which reinterprets Evans's images from his archaeological excavation by layering them with electronic music and synthetically voiced narrators, this exhibition explores the relationship between restoration and art.
Dates:October 5, 2017- January 7, 2018
City/State: New York, NY
Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon (Eugene, OR)
Title:The Barberini Tapestries: Woven Monuments of Baroque Rome.
Topic/Brief Description:At the end of a decades long conservation project, the twelve-panel tapestry series designed by the baroque master Giovanni Francesco Romanelli and woven by handpicked weavers for Francesco Barberini, the nephew of Pope Urban VIII, in his own tapestry workshop is being displayed in New York and Eugene, Oregon.
Dates:September 23, 2017- January 21, 2018
City/State: Eugene, OR
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Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: The Museum at the Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia, PA)
Title:Things Fall Apart
Topic/Brief Description: From paintings, to plastic toys, to the door of a house that once belonged to the assistant secretary to the Treasury under Alexander Hamilton, this exhibition focuses on how objects from the Philadelphia area break down over time and the often painstaking processes involved in preservation and restoration.
Dates: June 17, 2017- February 2, 2018
City/State: Philadelphia, PA
Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: The Frick Collection (New York City)
Title:The Pursuit of Immortality: Masterpieces from the Scher Collection of Portrait Medals
Topic/Brief Description: An exhibit of more than 100 European portrait medals from the Renaissance through the 19th century which aims to illuminate the place of medals in a larger history of art and their centrality in the history of portraiture in Western art. It contains a section on the processes used to create medals and is accompanied by a short film demonstrating one of the methods by which medals were made.
Dates:May 9- September 10, 2017
City/State: New York, NY
Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library (Winterthur, DE)
Title:Treasures on Trial: The Art and Science of Detecting Fakes
Topic/Brief Description: This exhibit of more than 40 forgeries and counterfeit objects of all types from art to wine to fashion explains how scientific analysis and stylistic clues are used to detect fakes.
Dates: April 1, 2017- January 7, 2018
City/State:Winterthur, DE
Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: Portland Art Museum (Portland, Oregon)
Title:Reunited: Francescuccio Ghissi’s St. John Altarpiece
Topic/Brief Description:Eight dispersed 14th-century paintings are brought together with a recreated missing panel so that the altarpiece can be seen and appreciated as one magnificent work of art. Dutch conservator Charlotte Caspers worked with NCMA Curator of European Art David Steel and Chief Conservator William Brown to determine the probable subject, composition, coloring, and other details; then created the panel with the same type of pigments and gilding used by Ghissi 650 years ago. The exhibition includes a video of the process along with an extensive display documenting all of the pigments and other materials used.
Dates:March 25 – July 9, 2017
City/State: Portland, OR
Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: The Cathedral of St. John the Divine (New York, NY)
Title:The Barberini Tapestries: Woven Monuments of Baroque Rome.
Topic/Brief Description:At the end of a decades long conservation project, the twelve-panel tapestry series designed by the baroque master Giovanni Francesco Romanelli and woven by handpicked weavers for Francesco Barberini, the nephew of Pope Urban VIII, in his own tapestry workshop is being displayed in New York and Eugene, Oregon.
Dates:March 21– June 25, 2017.
City/State: New York, N.Y.
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Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Title:The Secret Life of Textiles: Synthetic Materials
Topic/Brief Description:This exhibition, the third in a series at The Met focused on textile materials, features more than 40 ensembles and accessories from The Costume Institute's collection, along with a special section that illustrates the typical deterioration process of plastics that have been integrated into historic fashions, emphasizing the material's problematic behavior. Analytical images accompany selected objects, highlighting their physical properties
Dates:March 6- September 4, 2017.
City/State: New York, N.Y.
Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queens's University (Kingston, Ontario, Canada)
Title:The Unvarnished Truth: Exploring the Material History of Paintings
Topic/Brief Description:Investigates Old Master and modern paintings through stylistic and scientific examination to reconsider their physical history. A multidisciplinary project organized from the collections of the McMaster University Museum of Art, that draws upon the expertise of researchers in anthropology, conservation, and applied radiation science, among others to document the material structure of these works and to refine the narratives of their origins.
Dates:January 7- April 9, 2017.
City/State: Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield


Institution: Indianapolis Museum of Art (Indianapolis, IN)
Title: Chemistry of Color
Topic/Brief Description: The history and chemistry of twelve colorants used in art. One of a series of three IMA exhibitions called CSI (Conservation Science Indianapolis) which focus on how science and scientific detective work help inform the study of art.
Dates:December 17, 2016- December 31, 2017
City/State: Indianapolis, IN
Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: Palazzo Medici Riccardi (Florence, Italy)
Title:Florence 1966 – 2016. Beauty Preserved
Topic/Brief Description: The exhibit highlights works of art that were victims of the Florence Flood on November 3-4, 1966 and have been restored. It features panel paintings, paintings on canvas works, sculptures, books, documents, applied art objects, and musical and scientific instruments, as well as historic photographs documenting the damages and recovery efforts. Several works that are still damaged and waiting to be restored are included.
Dates:December 1, 2016- March 26, 2017
City/State: Florence, Italy
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Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: The Frick Collection (New York City)
Title:Pierre Gouthiere: Virtuoso Gilder at the French Court
Topic/Brief Description:Two galleries containing twenty-one 18th century gilded bronze objects attributed to Pierre Gouthiere (primarily through technical study and examination) and a third gallery in which is shown a video of his a gilt bronze knob being recreated step by step, and the model, mold, casts, and finished replicated knob are displayed.
Dates:November 16, 2016 to February 19, 2017
City/State: New York, NY
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Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, CA)
Title:The Shimmer of Gold: Giovanni di Paolo in Renaissance Siena
Topic/Brief Description:This exhibition reunites several panels from one of di Paolo's most important commissions—an altarpiece for the Branchini family chapel in the church of San Domenico in Siena—for the first time since its dispersal. It also offers insights into his technique of working with and on gold to create masterful luminous effects.
Dates:October 11, 2016 to January 8, 2017
City/State: Los Angeles, CA
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Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA)
Title:Conservation in Action: Preserving Nirvana
Topic/Brief Description: For six months, museum visitors can watch and interact with conservators as the Museum’s Asian Conservation Studio in partnership with colleagues from the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art publicly restores Hanabusa Itchō’s rare masterpiece, Death of Buddha (1713)—one of the most important Buddhist paintings of its time.
Dates:August 20, 2016 – January 16, 2017
City/State: Boston, MA
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Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: Indianapolis Museum of Art (Indianapolis. IN)
Title:What Lies Beneath: Secrets Under the Surface of Paintings
Topic/Brief Description: Illustrates how X-ray and infrared imaging technologies revealed important clues hidden beneath the surface of three paintings in the IMA collection— clues that provided curators, conservators and conservation scientists with critical information on the authenticity of the work and original intent of the artist
Dates:August 6, 2016 – September 10, 2017
City/State:Indianapolis, IN
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Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA)
Title:The Painter on Display
Topic/Brief Description: Consisting of both artists’ materials and works of art, the installation explores how artists enacted, perceived, and depicted aspects of their creative process.
Dates: July 2016 -
City/State: Cambridge, MA
Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: New York Public Library (New York City)
Title: Preserving a mastepiece: From Soaring Ceilings to Subterranean Storage
Topic/Brief Description: An exhibition documenting the history of the New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building and ongoing preservation efforts there including the restoration of the Rose Main Reading Room and the expansion of underground collections storage. Includes photos of preservation and restoration work as well as historic photos from the construction of the building and its early years
Dates: June 17- October 9, 2016
City/State: New York, N.Y.
Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge, Eng)
Title: Colour: The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscripts
Topic/Brief Description: This exhibit of 150 illuminated manuscripts from the Fitzwilliam Museum's collections showcases advanced research undertaken by the Fitzwilliam’s curators, scientists and conservators involved in the Cambridge Illuminations and MINIARE projects.
Dates: July 30- December 30, 2016
City/State: Cambridge, England
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Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution:Kimbell Art Museum (Fort Worth, TX)
Title: The Brothers LeNain: Painters of Seventeenth Century France
Topic/Brief Description: Includes the results of technical study on materials and working methods
Dates: May 22, 2016- September 11, 2016
City/State: Forth Worth, TX
Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA)
Title: Rodin: Transforming Sculpture
Topic/Brief Description: This exhibit of 175 works in bronze, marble, plaster and stoneware-- both finished sculptures and process works-- offers insights into Rodin's studio practice.
Dates: May 14- September 5, 2016
City/State: Salem, MA
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Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: Getty Center (Los Angeles, CA)
Title: Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China's Silk Road
Topic/Brief Description:Full-scale replicas of three of Mogao's cave temples hand painted by artists at the Dunhuang Academy installed on the Getty Center's plaza allow visitors to experience the cave temples for themselves and to learn about their conservation. (Accompanied by paintings on silk, textiles, drawings, and manuscripts. )
Dates: May 7, 2016 - September 4, 2016
City/State: Los Angeles, CA
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Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: Jewish Museum (New York City)
Title: Masterpieces & Curiosities: The Fictional Portrait
Topic/Brief Description:The results of a decade of research and analysis of a pair of companion portraits in the museum’s collection which led to new assumptions about the identities of the artist and sitters.
Dates: March 16- August 14, 2016
City/State: New York, NY
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Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Washington, DC)
Title: Body of Devotion: The Cosmic Buddha in 3D
Topic/Brief Description:The Cosmic Buddha is a life-size 6th century Chinese limestone figure of Vairochana wrapped in a monk's robe that is covered with detailed narrative scenes representing both moments in the life of the Buddha and the Realms of Existence. The Smithsonian Institution Digitization Program Office created a 3D model of the sculpture. "Body of Devotion", an interactive installation, uses the model to explore the sculpture and looks at evolving methods of studying sculpture from rubbings and photographs to digital technology.
Dates: January 30, 2016 – December 2016
City/State: Washington, DC
Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: The Morgan Library & Museum (New York, NY)
Title: Pierre-Jean Mariette and the Art of Collecting Drawings
Topic/Brief Description:Drawings which were once part of Pierre-Jean Mariette's important 18th century collection, many of which illustrate 18th century restoration techniques undertaken by Mariette himself.
Dates: January 22- May 1, 2016
City/State:New York, NY
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Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: The Kyoto University Museum (Kyoto, Japan)
Title: Preserving the Culture of Paper and Silk
Topic/Brief Description: The conservation of cultural heritage is examined from various angles, exploring the history and materials used in Japanese conservation techniques today.
Dates:January 11, 2016 - February 12, 2017
City/State:Kyoto, Japan
Online Resources: ( Japanese only; English version of website does not include information about the exhibit)
Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: Bowers Museum (Santa Ana, CA)
Title: The Red That Colored The World
Topic/Brief Description: Combines new research and scholarship to explore the history and use of cochineal (an insect-based dye source for the color red) in art
Dates: October 31, 2015- March 20, 2016
City/State: Santa Ana, CA
Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield


Institution: Shiva Gallery at John Jay College (New York, NY)
Title: The Missing: Rebuilding the Past
Topic/Brief Description: Images and information about a variety of scholarly projects to digitally capture and recreate destroyed or threatened cultural property
Dates: December 9,, 2015- February 5,, 2016
City/State: New York, NY
Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (Los Angeles, CA)
Title: Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs
Topic/Brief Description: This exhibit developed by the Field Museum (Chicago, IL) shows how, using a mobile CT scanner, scientists were able to look inside twenty mummies without having to unwrap them. Interactive touch tablets allow the visitor to digitally replicate the peeling back of the mummies' layers.
Dates: September 18, 2015- January 18, 2016
City/State: Los Angeles, CA
Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: Bard Graduate Center (New York, NY)
Title: Revisions-- Zen for Film
Topic/Brief Description: Using Nam June Paik's work "Zen for Film" as a starting point, the exhibit explores the questions of how works of art endure over time in the face of aging materials and changing interpretations of their meaning and how decay, technological obsolescence and the blending of old and new media affect what an artwork is and can become.
Dates: September 18, 2015- January 10, 2016
City/State: New York, NY
Point of Contact:Hanna Holling, Curator and Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Professor, Cultures of Conservation, Bard Graduate Center
Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: McMaster Museum of Art (Hamilton, Ontario)
Title: The Unvarnished Truth: exploring the material history of paintings
Topic/Brief Description: Brings together discoveries made by an international team of nearly 30 researchers―scholars of applied radiation sciences, anthropology, art history, biomedical engineering, as well as conservators, conservation scientists, forensic art historians, and curators―who worked together to examine nine historical paintings from the collections of the McMaster Museum of Art.
Dates: August 27- December 19, 2015
City/State: hamilton, Ontario
Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: Museum of International Folk Art (Santa Fe, New Mexico)
Title: The Red That Colored The World
Topic/Brief Description: Combines new research and scholarship to explore the history and use of cochineal (an insect-based dye source for the color red) in art
Dates: May 17- September 13, 2015
City/State: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: Mauritshuis (The Hague, The Netherlands)
Title: Rembrandt? the Case of Saul and David
Topic/Brief Description: Rembrandt's "Saul and David", back on view after eight years of research and careful restoration, is the centerpiece of an exhibition that lets visitors become acquainted with the latest restoration techniques and research methods.
Dates: June 11- September 13, 2015
City/State: The Hague, The Netherlands
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Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: Corning Museum of Glass (Corning, New York)
Title: Ennion and His Legacy: Mold- Blown Glass From Ancient Rome
Topic/Brief Description: Mold-blown master works by Ennion and other Roman glass makers drawn from the Corning Museum’s collection of Roman glass. Accompanied by a video presenting a modern interpretation of how Roman mold-blown glass was created
Dates: May 16, 2015- January 4, 2016
City/State: Corning, New York
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Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution:Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien (Vienna)
Title: An egyptian Puzzle. Restoring the coffin lid of But-har-chonsu
Topic/Brief Description: In collaboration with the Institute of Conservation - Restoration at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna the coffin-lid wasresorted in 2011-2014. Following extensive analyses, previously wrongly assembled pieces in the construction of the lid were identified, removed and correctly re-assembled; countless previously “homeless” fragments were also identified and incorporated. The exhibition documents this procedure, and offers insights into the painstaking work of the conservators.
Dates: May 12- October 26, 2015
City/State:VIenna, Austria
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Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City)
Title: Van Gogh: Irises and Roses
Topic/Brief Description: Four paintings painted by Van Gogh in May 1890 brought together for the first time since then. The exhibit considers the impact of dispersal and color fading (an unstable red lake pigment was used in all four works) on the artist's intended results.
Dates: May 12- August 16, 2015
City/State: New York, NY
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Point of Contact:Susan Allyson Stein, curator and Charlotte Hale, conservator
Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: Museo Nacional del Prado (Madrid)
Title: El San Juanito recuperado: Una escultura de Miguel Angel en Espana (Saint John Recovered: A Sculpture by Michelangelo in Spain)
Topic/Brief Description: After almost 20 years of work, a sculpture by Michelangelo which was hammered to pieces and partially burnt in 1936 at the start of the Spanish Civil War is displayed in its restored condition before being returned to its centuries long home in the Chapel of the Savior of Úbeda in Andalusia.
Dates: March 31- September 20, 2015
City/State: Madrid, Spain
Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: The Wallace Collection (London, England)
Title: Joshua Reynolds: Experiments in Paint
Topic/Brief Description: A snapshot of Joshua Reynolds’s creative process revealing discoveries made during a four-year research project into his works at the Wallace Collection. The exhibit traces Reynolds’s working practice on the material level through his use of pigments and media and on a conceptual level, through his development of composition and narrative.
Dates: March 12- June 7, 2015
City/State: London, England
Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution:Dulwich Picture Gallery (Dulwich, England)
Title:Made in China: A Doug Fishbone Project
Topic/Brief Description:An inexpensive replica of a priceless painting, commissioned online from a Chinese studio which churns out masterpieces from any period and style, will be hung in a genuine frame alongside the gallery’s collection of dazzling Old Master painting. The public and art experts will then be invited to spot the fake.
Dates:February 3- July 26, 2015
City/State: Dulwich, England
Submitted by:Rebecca Rushfield


Institution:The Getty Villa (Los Angeles, CA)
Title:Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy
Topic/Brief Description:The results of a six year study of thirteen decorated Apulian vases which had been restored by Raffaele Gargiulo in the 19th century to such a level of perfection that it was difficult to identify ancient from modern elements
Dates:November 19,2014- May 11, 2015
City/State: Los Angeles, CA
Submitted by:Rebecca Rushfield

Institution:Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Title:Tullio Lombardo's 'Adam'. A Masterpiece Restored
Topic/Brief Description:The restored sculpture viewed in the round with explanations of an unprecedented twelve-year research and conservation project
Dates:November 11, 2014- July 2015
City/State: New York, NY
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Submitted by:Rebecca Rushfield

Institution:Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Title:Transformations-Classical Sculpture in Colour
Topic/Brief Description:Reconstruction of the original colors of classical Greek sculptures using the results of scientific examination of traces of pigments
Dates:September 13- December 7, 2014
City/State: Copenhagen, Denmark
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Submitted by:Rebecca Rushfield

Institution:Provinciaal Cultuurcentrum Caetmersklooster (Ghent, Belgium)
Title:From Tree Trunk to Altarpiece/ Van boomstam tot altaarstuk
Topic/Brief Description:The dendrochronological analysis of the panels of the Ghent altarpiece
Dates:September 5, 2014- August 30, 2015
City/State: Ghent, Belgium
Submitted by:Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Title:Examining Opulence: A Set of Renaissance Tapestry Cushions
Topic/Brief Description:Provides a brief glimpse of the work necessary to prepare objects for display by exploring the different questions curators and conservators pose when presented with six late Renaissance tapestry-woven cushion covers
Dates:August 4, 2014- January 18, 2015
City/State: New York, NY
Online Resources:
Point of Contact:Sarah Mallory, Research Assistant, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts; Cristina Carr, Conservator, Department of Textile Conservation; and Elizabeth Cleland, Associate Curator, Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts
Submitted by:Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: Kevin Driedger
Title: 5 Days of Preservation
Topic/Brief Description: #5DaysOfPreservation is a project of Kevin Driedger and his Library Preservation 2 blog. During the 5 days of July 14-18 any individual or insitution with any type of preservation responsibilities is invited to post pictures either on this tumblr, or on any social media platform (using the hashtag #5DaysofPreservation) of what preservation looks like for them that day. By the end of the week we all should have a broader and deeper understand of what preservation in 2014 looks like.
Dates: July 14- July 18, 2014
City/State: Global
Online Resources: 5 Days of Preservation Tumblr; #5daysofpreservation Twitter hashtag
Point of Contact: Kevin Driedger
Submitted by: Suzy Morgan

Institution: National Gallery (London, England)
Title:Making Colour
Topic/Brief Description:The materials used to create pigments from 1300 to 1900 and the journeys made by artists in their pursuit of new hues. Accompanied by an interactive display designed to demonstrate how we perceive and register color
Dates:June 18- September 7, 2014
City/State: London, England
Online Resources:
Point of Contact: Co-curators Caroline Campbell and Ashok Roy
Submitted by:Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: The Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, Ohio)
Title:Conservation in Focus: Caravaggio's Crucifixion of Saint Andrew
Topic/Brief Description:The cleaning of Caravaggio's Crucifixion of Saint Andrew in front of museum visitors. The exhibition draws audiences into the process with high-resolution technical photography including infrared imaging, digitized X-rays, and photomicroscopy. The audience it taught how these tools are used to help conservators to document and study the materials and techniques used by Caravaggio in this painting. Technical images further provide insight into the painting’s construction, showing how the painting’s appearance has been compromised in the 400 years since it was created.
Dates:June 3- September 14, 2014
City/State: Cleveland, Ohio
Online Resources: and
Submitted by:Samantha Springer

Institution: Getty Center (Los Angeles)
Title:Jackson Pollock's 'Mural'
Topic/Brief Description:Materials and techniques used to create the painting, how the painting has changed since 1943, and its recent conservation
Dates:March 11- June 1, 2014
City/State: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Online Resources:
Submitted by:Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: Art Institute (Chicago, IL)
Title:Communicating Conservation: Renoir's True Colors: Science Solves a Mystery
Topic/Brief Description:Recent technical research on Pierre-Auguste Renoir's painting Madame Leon Clapisson, 1883
Dates:February 12- April 27, 2014
City/State: Chicago, IL, USA
Point of Contact: Francesca Casadio, PhD,Andrew W. Mellon Senior Conservation Scientist,The Art Institute of Chicago, [email protected]
Submitted by:Rebecca Rushfield


Institution: Wallraf das Museum (Koln, GER)
Title:Secrets of the Painters – Cologne in the Middle Ages (English translation of "Geheimnisse der Maler-Koln im Mittelalter)
Topic/Brief Description: Paintings displayed along with infra-red and x-ray images, photographic blow-ups of details, a reconstruction of an artist's workshop, digital animations, and film clips
Dates: September 19, 2013- February 9, 2014
City/State: Cologne, Germany
Online Resources:
Submitted by:Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: International Conservation Center "Citta di Roma" (Old Acre, Israel)
Title: Restoring in Italy: Art and Technology in the Activities of Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione ed il Restauro
Topic/Brief Description: Twenty four large panels which recount the achievement of the Institute from its establishment in 1939 until its most recent projects
Dates: October 27, 2013 and ongoing
City/State: Old Acre, Israel
Point of Contact: Alison Goren,Marketing and International Program Development,International Conservation Center - Citta di Roma, [email protected]
Submitted by:Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: University of Pittsburgh Art Gallery (Pittsburgh, PA)
Title: Rediscover-- The Collection Revealed
Topic/Brief Description: Damaged art works from the Gallery's collection and their conservation needs
Dates: September 13- October 19, 2013
City/State: Pittsburgh, PA
Point of Contact: Isabelle Chartier, Curator
Submitted by:Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: Chashama 303 10th Avenue exhibition space (New York, NY)
Title: After Affects. An Exhibition of Work by Artists Supported Through NYFA's Emergency Relief Fund
Topic/Brief Description: Works in all media that were damaged during Hurricane Sandy (late October 2012) and subsequently restored, repurposed or redesigned as well as works that were borne out of the aftermath of the hurricane
Dates: February 8-24, 2013
City/State: New York, NY
Point of Contact: New York Foundation for the Arts;
Submitted by:Rebecca Rushfield


Storage at the Cincinnati Art Museum

Institution: Cincinnati Art Museum (Cincinnati, OH)
Title: Behind the Seams: Exhibiting and Conserving Fashion and Textiles
Topic/Brief Description: Understand the complexity of storing, conserving, mounting, and exhibiting fashion arts and textiles from the Museum’s permanent collection in this behind-the-scenes style exhibition. Visitors will gain information about storing their own textile treasures as they explore the gallery and through related programming.
Dates: December 22, 2012 - March 31, 2013

Institution: Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX)
Title: Restoration and Revelation: Conserving the Suida-Manning Collection
Topic/Brief Description: Antonio Carneo’s seventeenth-century painting The Death of Rachel, restored by the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, serves as the focal point of an exhibition that thoughtfully considers the ethical and aesthetic choices involved in art restoration and conservation.
Dates: November 17, 2012 -September 1, 2013
Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: Westmorland Museum of American Art (Greensburg, PA)
Title: Your Art Needs You!
Topic/Brief Description: This exhibition highlights a selection of paintings, works on paper, sculpture and frames from the Museum's permanent collection that are in need of conservation. With estimates and treatment descriptions provided by professional conservators, visitors will have the opportunity to adopt an object by donating the funds needed to carry out the proposed treatment. Once conserved, these works will ready for installation in The Westmoreland's newly renovated galleries following the expansion.
Dates: November 17, 2012 - February 17, 2013

Institution: Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
Title/Exhibit name: El museu explora. Obras de arte a examen (The museum explores. Works of art under examination)
Topic/Brief Description: Works of art are presented alongside images obtained using different types of radiation
Dates: November 23, 2012 - February 24, 2013
City, State, Country (if not U.S.): Barcelona, Spain
Conservator(s)/Point of contact(s): Mireia Mestre (curator)
Online Resources: Videos
Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery, Columbia University
Title/Exhibit name: No Longer Salvage Art Institute
Topic/Brief Description: Works deemed without value by insurance companies after suffering accidental damage
Dates: November 8 - December 20, 2012
City, State, Country (if not U.S.): New York, New York
Conservator(s)/Point of contact(s): Elka Krajewska
Online Resources: Video of a panel discussion held in conjuction with the exhibition opening. link to video
Submitted by: Rebecca Rushfield

Institution: Stadtlische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau Munchen (Munich, Germany)
Title: Kunst is schon, macht aber viel Arbeit
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Dates: November 9, 2012 - February 10, 2013

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Institution: Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)
Title: Conserving Antiquity
Topic/Brief Description: This exhibition focuses on the field of conservation, the deterioration of objects and archaeological sites, the work of conservators, and the importance of preserving material culture. The exhibition includes a variety of activities for visitors. The associated website has some of the didactic panel text, as well as the same videos and audio recordings available in the gallery.
Dates: November 2, 2012 - February 10, 2013
Conservator(s)/Point of contact(s): Suzanne Davis and Claudia Chemello
Topics covered: Conservation as a profession, preventive conservation, examination and documentation, conservation treatment, technical study, archaeological research
Online Resources: Conserving Antiquity website
Submitted by: Suzanne Davis

Project conservator Molly Gleeson working in the Artifact Lab. Photo by Jim Graham.

Institution: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Title: In the Artifact Lab: Conserving Egyptian Mummies
Topic/Brief Description: In the Artifact Lab features a working conservation space in one of the museum galleries. In this exhibit, visitors have the opportunity to watch a conservator at work conserving Egyptian mummies and related funerary items. The exhibit also includes displays of Egyptian artifacts with information about their condition and state of conservation, a Proscope station where visitors can view samples of new and deteriorated materials under magnification, and a Smartboard with information about the conservation process and ongoing activities. Twice daily, the conservator is available to speak with the public and answer questions.
Dates: September 30, 2012 and ongoing
City, State, Country (if not U.S.): Philadelphia, PA
Conservator(s)/Point of contact(s): Lynn Grant, Head Conservator and Molly Gleeson, Project Conservator
Topics covered: Examination, conservation treatment, analysis, research
Analytical equipment or techniques used: PLM, pXRF
Online Resources: The exhibit has a companion blog, managed by the conservators, and a presence on Twitter.
Submitted by: Molly Gleeson

Institution: Haus der Kulturinstitute (Munich, Germany)
Title: Firmitas et Splendor. Material, Technik und Rekonstruction romischer Wandputze
Topic/Brief Description: Part of the BMBF research program on Vitruv und die Techniken des Raumdekors
Dates: June 20 - August 17, 2012

The Flood of ’72: Community, Collections, and Conservation

Institution: Corning Museum of Glass, Rakow Research Library (Corning, NY)
Title: The Flood of '72: Community, Collectors and Conservation
Topic/Brief Description: On June 23, 1972, Corning and the surrounding communities were devastated by a major flood, as a result of the tropical storm Agnes. At the Museum, hundreds of objects were broken, more than half of the Library’s materials were saturated with flood water, and the facility was covered with a thick layer of slime and mud. This exhibit chronicles the determination of Museum staff and the community to rebuild, and sheds light on the unique conservation techniques that were used to restore Library materials.
Dates: May 24, 2012 - January 3, 2013

Institution: Yale University Library
Title: The Traveling Scriptorium
Topic/Brief Description: The Traveling Scriptorium is a teaching kit, created by Yale University conservators and curators, to support the study of the medieval and early modern book as material artifact. In addition to offering samples of the materials and components of early and early modern books, to be used in hands-on exercises by Yale students, faculty, and staff, the kit serves as an outreach tool to highlight conservators as resources for study of physical composition of raw materials and historical production methods.
Dates: April 1, 2012 - present (ongoing)
City, State, Country (if not U.S.): New Haven, CT
Conservator(s)/Point of contact(s): Christine McCarthy, Chief Conservator, Yale University Library
Online resources: Information can be found here.
Submitted by: Christine McCarthy

Pedestal case at the Petrie Museum

Institution: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, University College London (London,England)
Title: Mending Glass!
Topic/Brief Description: Work done on Petrie objects by conservation students at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL.
Dates: April 2012 - ongoing

Conserving the Southwest Museum Collection

Institution: The Autry National Center, Mt. Washington Campus
Title: Highlights of the Southwest Museum Collection
Topic/Brief Description: Cameo exhibition showcasing conservation and archaeology at the Autry National Center's Mt. Washington campus. The exhibition highlights one ceramic vessel to show the past conservation techniques versus the present methods along with conservation efforts of the museum using artifacts including ceramics, basketry, skin, ivory, and gourd masks. It also shows collections care efforts through packing and labeling techniques used at the museum. Also among the highlights are Mark Raymond Harrington's several field expeditions and the museum's pottery collection.
Dates: March 31, 2012 - ongoing
City, State, Country (if not U.S.): Los Angeles, CA
Conservator(s)/Point of contact(s): Ozge Gencay-Ustun, Assistant Conservator
Online Resources: The exhibit info can be found here
Submitted by: Ozge Gencay-Ustun

Institution: Tokyo National Museum (Tokyo, Japan)
Title: Conservation and Restoration of the Tokyo National Museum Collection
Topic/Brief Description: 12th annual exhibition showcasing conservation and restoration work conducted on objects in the Tokyo National Museum collection
Dates: February 21 - April 1, 2012


Institution: Kadriorg Art Museum (Tallinn, Estomia)
Title: Bosch and Bruegel. Four Paintings Magnified
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Date: October 21, 2011 - March 4, 2012

Institution: Walters Art Gallery (Baltimore, MD)
Title: Lost and Found: The Secrets of Archimedes
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Date: October 16, 2011 - January 1, 2012

Institution: The Getty Center (Los Angeles, CA)
Title: From Start to Finish: DeWain Valentine's 'Gray Column'
Topic/Brief Description: Examines the materials and manufacturing processes used in the creation of this work
Date: September 13, 2011 - March 11, 2012

Institution: Royal Palace (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
Title: The Batavian Commissions: Flinck, Lievens, Ovens, Jordaens, Bol and Rembrandt
Topic/Brief Description: Focuses on the construction of the paintings and accompanied by an exhibition at the University of Amsterdam Erfgoed Lab on the restoration of the paintings
Date: July 1 - September 18, 2011

Institution:Kimbell Art Museum (Fort Worth, TX)
Title: Picasso-Braque: the Cubist Experiment 1910- 1912
Topic/Brief Description: The exhibit contains one gallery focusing on materials and techniques and includes material on the technical examination of Picasso's "Man with a Pipe"
Date: May 29- August 21, 2011

Institution: Musee de Design et d'Arts Applique Contemporaine (Lausanne, Switzerland)
Title: A Flood of Art
Topic/Brief Description: Works of glass and ceramics art damaged in the November 4, 2008flood and then restored
Date: May 9 - June 13, 2011

Institution: The Getty Center (Los Angeles, CA)
Title: Drama and Devotion: Heemskerck's Ecce Homo Altarpiece from Warsaw
Topic/Brief Description: Provides insight into Heemskerck's materials and technique
Date: June 5, 2012 - January 13, 2013

Institution: Norton Simon Museum (Los Angeles, CA)
Title: Where Art Meets Science: Ancient Sculpture from the Hindu-Buddhist World
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Date: April 22 - August 1, 2011

Institution: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, MO)
Title: Monte's Water Lilies
Topic/Brief Description:Provides Monet's technique and thought process used for the creation of the Water Lilies triptych created between 1915 and 1926. The audience is invited to experience the intersection of art and science through didactic panels and interactive features showing x-ray images, micrograph, and cross sections.
Date: April 9, 2011 - August 7, 2011

Institution: Bayerisches National Museum (Munich, Germany)
Title: Prunkmobel am Munchner Hof-Barocker Dekor unter der Lupe
Topic/Brief Description: Boulle furniture and its manufacture and conservation
Date: April 8 - July 31, 2011

Institution: Yale University Library
Title: Conserving the Maps of the George Washington Atlas
Topic/Brief Description: In 2007, the Yale University Library received a generous donation to support conservation treatment for the George Washington Atlas. Treatment of the maps occurred over the course of a two year period. The dedicated funding allowed the Library to hire a paper conservator, Sarah Dove, to carry out hte treatment on-site in the Library's conservation laboratory. The exhibition examines the treatment process for the maps and also highlights various aspects of the work of conservators. The exhibition was a companion to a larger exhibition, "George Washington's America: A Biography Through His Maps," which highlighted scholarly research and a publication for which the maps were the primary source materials.
Dates: March 4, 2011 - May 31, 2011
City, State, Country (if not U.S.): New Haven, CT
Conservator(s)/Point of contact(s): Christine McCarthy, Chief Conservator, Yale University Library
Submitted by: Christine McCarthy

Institution: Getty Villa (Malibu, CA)
Title: Apollo from Pompeii: Investigating an Ancient Bronze
Topic/Brief Description:
Date: March 2 - September 12, 2011


Exhibit image from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's website

Institution: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Title/Exhibit name: Conservation: Where Art and Science Meet
Topic/Brief Description: This exhibit focused on the process of conservation. The main sections included "The Material World"--a look at manufacturing decisions and practices; "Foiling the Agents of Decay" which focused on some of the factors that cause deterioration to cultural heritage materials and the ways to mitigate the damage they cause; "The Detective Story" dealt with how conservators learn about objects and introduced analytical techniques; "Case Studies" introduced philosophical and ethical issues in conservation including how far to clean an object, the idea of minimum intervention and the historical integrity of an object. Several interactives were employed throughout the exhibit including a station where visitors could learn about what information might be lost if a piano were to be restored to playability versus stabilized as is and then vote on the approach they favored.
Dates: June 18, 2010 to September 3, 2012
City, State, Country (if not U.S.): Williamsburg, VA
Conservator(s)/Point of contact(s): Emily Williams (Colonial Williamsburg)
Topics covered: technical study and analysis, conservation treatment
Analytical equipment or techniques used: X-radiography, Portable XRF, FTIR, paint-cross sections, microscopy, UV and IR light.
Online Resources:

Submitted by: Emily Williams

Institution: Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, MI)
Title: Fakes, Forgeries and Mysteries
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Date: November 21, 2010 - April 10, 2011

Institution: Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA)
Title: An Eakins Masterpiece Restored: Seeing ‘The Gross Clinic’ Anew
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Date: July 24, 2010 - January 9, 2011

Institution: National Gallery of Art (London, England)
Title: Close Examination: Fakes, Mistakes and Discoveries
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Date: June 30 - September 12, 2010

Institution: DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum (Williamsburg, VA)
Title: Conservation: Where Art and Science Meet
Topic/Brief Description:
Date: June 26, 2010 - September 3, 2012

Institution: Sarah E. Gillespie Museum of Art, William Carey University (Hattiesburg,MS)
Title: Miracles of Restoration
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Date: April - June 15, 2010