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Friday, July 29, 2016
The Center's July Newsletter: The University Club Mural, a Shaker Bonnet, & an Out of This World Photo
July at The Conservation Center
murals from across town, a delicate textile from across the country,
and a photograph that traveled around the world, literally - sometimes
it really does feel like we see it all at The Conservation Center. In
this month's newsletter, we'll take a look inside the historic
University Club of Chicago and learn about the conservation of Chicago
artist Fredric Clay Bartlett's mural. Next learn about a Shaker bonnet
and the inherent complications of silk textiles. Lastly, we voyage to
the International Space Station with a family photograph that took a
once in a lifetime trip. Happy reading!
Frederic Clay Bartlett's 56 Panels: A Gothic Chase and Feast
The conservators at The Conservation
Center had the rare privilege to conserve a mural in one of Chicago's
historic buildings. The University Club of Chicago is a private social
club that was founded in 1887 "by university
graduates who wanted a special place where they could enjoy intellectual
pursuits." The Club's current building was constructed in 1907-09 by
renowned architectural firm Holabird and Roche, and with its distinct
Neo-Gothic facade, it still stands out today amongst the buildings along
Chicago's Michigan Avenue. For the interior spaces, the Club hired
fellow member and Chicago artist Frederic Clay Bartlett (1873-1953) to
design the interior decor of the club, which included such original
artwork as Bartlett's 56-panel mural on the ceiling of the Club's Michigan Room.
Traditional and simple, yet beautifully
constructed, the style of this Shaker bonnet may lead you to think that
it is at least a hundred years old, if not more. Though reminiscent of
styles popular in the mid 1800s, according to the owner, "This
bonnet belonged to one of the last surviving Shaker sisters at the
Canterbury Shaker Village in Canterbury, New Hampshire. It was sold
after she passed away, many years ago." The last Shakers at Canterbury
Village might not have passed away as long ago as you think. Eldress
Bertha Lindsay and Sister Ethel Hudson, the last two Shaker sisters at
Canterbury Village, passed away in the early 1990s.
Out Of This World: The Tale Of One Lucky Photograph
Here at The Center, we are used to seeing all sorts of
artwork and family heirlooms come from worldwide locations, but we've
never had an item come to us from out of this world! This particular
story started off a little something like this...
The countdown began; ten, nine, eight, seven. The family watched
as the space shuttle was about to lift from the launch pad; three, two,
one, Blast Off!