Monday, June 26, 2017

June at The Center: Inside Disaster Response, Exploring & Preserving the Collection of Buzz Ruttenberg, Piecing Together a Puzzled Painting


    JUNE AT THE CENTER
     




    Unfortunately, Hurricane season is upon us! When disasters strike, The Conservation Center is on call 24/7 to respond to these events and help mitigate damage to art and heirlooms. In our June newsletter we offer a behind-the-scenes look into our disaster response services. Inside Disaster Response: Lessons Learned & Stories Shared highlights two recent art rescue projects and describes how we manage these difficult situations.

     Also, in Linear Harmony: Exploring and Preserving the Collection of Buzz Ruttenberg, join us in conversation with Advisory Board member David ("Buzz") Ruttenberg and our CEO Heather Becker as they tour his home and discuss his art collection.

    Finally, in Piecing Together a Puzzled Painting, a James Jeffrey Grant painting gets a full treatment to address discoloration and flaking paint (with dramatic before and after pictures!).
     
    INSIDE DISASTER RESPONSE: LESSONS LEARNED & STORIES SHARED
    In this newsletter, we wanted to offer an educational feature related to disaster scenarios we have encountered when responding to a variety of fires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, or mold exposures.
    This is a challenging subject to talk about because these scenarios are usually very serious events that not only bring about health and safety risks, but also present a wide range of stressful, timely, and daunting situations and decisions for all those present. That being said, it is important to reflect upon these scenarios and learn from them.
    The Center has been involved in hundreds of disaster response scenarios over the last 33 years, and we wanted to share a few recent disaster response stories that impart how incredibly rewarding and humbling this type of preservation work can be for all who are affected and involved.
    (Click above to watch video)
    LINEAR HARMONY: EXPLORING AND PRESERVING THE COLLECTION OF BUZZ RUTTENBERG
    Buzz Ruttenberg, a passionate collector and an active member of The Conservation Center’s Advisory Board, recently invited our CEO Heather Becker into his home for a conversation and a tour.
    Read Heather and Buzz’s dialogue below, and watch our video of their walk through of his extensive collection of Modern and Contemporary works, many of which The Center has had the privilege of conserving and framing over the years.
    (Click below to read a transcript of their conversation)
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    PIECING TOGETHER A PUZZLED PAINTING
    The staff at The Center could not have been more thrilled when a former employee, Megan, brought in a James Jeffrey Grant painting for conservation. It was a lovely, serene landscape painting of cows grazing in a luscious green field. Before finding its current home, the painting hung above a fireplace in Megan’s relative’s home for over 30 years where it was exposed to extreme fluctuations in temperature. Due to this environment, the paint layer was severely compromised and exhibited significant areas of flaking paint overall. This lead to numerous areas of exposed canvas and hundreds of tiny puzzle-like paint pieces that were no longer adhered to the painting’s surface.
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