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The Conservation Center
Conserving Art Coast to Coast
 July 2014 Newsletter
Two years after moving to the West Town neighborhood from our former River North location, The Conservation Center is pleased to announce a 3,500 sq. feet expansion to our existing 25,000 sq. feet lab, office, and warehouse spaces. The new "East Wing" is a new work area that can flexibly accommodate situations ranging from art storage to accounts that require substantial, dedicated spaces. The East Wing is already coming in handy, as The Center has recently been busy with many of our clients' collections that require a bit of TLC. This month, we have also completed cleaning of the Merchandise Mart's historic, 17-panel lobby mural by Jules Guerin. To top it all off, The Center is gearing up for a busy fall season-beginning with our participation in this year's EXPO Chicago art fair. All these activities leave us no time for summer doldrums!
The Conservation Center's New "East Wing"

The Conservation Center has always been a progressive organization--dedicated not only to preserving art and heirloom collections from the past (and in many cases, the contemporary), but also to embracing the future of a highly specialized conservation business. Now we're looking ahead to the next phase in the company's evolution: The Center is pleased to announce a major expansion within our building, two years after our relocation from River North to the West Town neighborhood in Chicago. 
Cleaning The Merchandise Mart's Epic Merchandise Around the World Mural

The Merchandise Mart, towering 25 stories at its highest point and occupying four million square feet, rests along the Chicago River as the epicenter of downtown Chicago life, culture, media, and business. Finished in 1930 and massive in its construction, The Mart serves as a monument to early 20th-century merchandising and architecture. Even after more than 80 years, this Art Deco landmark continues to be a leading retailing and wholesale destination, attracting people from all over the world. The Conservation Center recently completed an extensive cleaning project for the Mart's historic Merchandise Around the World mural, created in 1930.

Scissor lifts, cotton swabs, and lots of care > 
Chicago Tribune Documents The Conservation Center's Merchandise Mart Mural Conservation Effort 

With more than 630 hours of elbow grease and 35 large rolls of organic cotton, the Merchandise Mart's mural cleaning project was truly a labor of love. The Conservation Center's team effort was recently documented by Chicago Tribune's Chris Borrelli, who profiled our work in his July 16 column for the A&E section of the newspaper.    Read the story >       View picture gallery >
More News from The Conservation Center
The Conservation Center Gets Ready for 
EXPO Chicago 2014!

The art world abuzz as some of the most prestigious galleries from around across continents prepare to descend upon Chicago this September for the third annual International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art--or EXPO Chicago as it's informally know. The Conservation Center is thrilled to announce its participation once again as the art fair's official conservators.

The four-day art fair-taking place September 18-21 at Navy Pier-features more than 130 leading international art galleries. Drawing upon the city's history as a vibrant destination for arts and culture, EXPO Chicago is helping to unite the world of contemporary art while inspiring the city's collectors. "We are more than thrilled to be collaborating with EXPO Chicago for the third time, and additionally, by serving art galleries from around the world, we will be doing our part to help Chicago's art scene mature, which is really an honor for us," said The Conservation Center's CEO, Heather Becker.

We hope to see you at Navy Pier this September when the art world turns its attention to Chicago! 
The Conservation Center Partners with 
Northwestern University's Summer Program

On July 22, The Conservation Center will become an interactive classroom for "Explorations in Art and Culture," a seminar organized by Summer Session at Northwestern University. This highly dynamic and experiential course traces the "life cycle" of works of art from the studio, through its sale and distribution in galleries, art fairs and at auction, and how it is collected and cared for by individuals and institutions in order to understand the value of art from a variety of perspectives. A select group of college prep students from across the country will dialogue with key professionals at EXPO Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, Christie's, Theaster Gates's Dorchester Spaces in Hyde Park, the studios of artists Jessie Mott and Anna Kunz, and Chicago's most illustrious private collectors, among others. We welcome them for a special visit to The Center!
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