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Friday, June 01, 2018
May at The Conservation Center: Spectral Liberation, Oak Park Public Library, and a Landscape to Brighten Your Day (Chicago, IL.)
This month, we're celebrating the approach of summer by sharing the fascinating story behind our collaborative repair of a large-scale public sculpture from the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. Next, we'll explain how we carefully reframed an antique window from Oak Park Library that was on the verge of serious damage. Lastly, we'll feature the dramatic treatment results of a discolored landscape that The Center's Painting Department recently completed.
RECENT NEWS & EVENTS
The Modular Cleaning Program This month The Center hosted a course on The Modular Cleaning Program (MCP) taught by Chris Stavroudis. The MCP is a systematic approach to cleaning works of art using aqueous systems, solvents, solvent gels, emulsions, and silicone-based microemulsions. This course was an exciting opportunity to review the MCP, go over new research in conservation, and to collaborate with colleagues across various disciplines of conservation. Thank you to all who attended!
The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation is dedicated to fostering awareness, understanding, and research for early-onset Bipolar Disorder. In an effort to highlight the fact that many who battle Bipolar Disorder seek solace in artistic expression, the Foundation acquires and exhibits artwork by artists with Bipolar Disorder. The Center is honored to store and conserve the Foundation's collection. We also assist with coordinating the transportation and installation as the collection travels for various events and exhibitions.
With many different departments working together here at The Conservation Center, we understand the value of teamwork. On certain occasions, this means working hand in hand with other companies and specialists to develop the correct treatment approach for a unique piece. When we received a call regarding a large public sculpture at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden that had been struck by a car, we knew right away that engaging some of our trusted vendors to assist our team with the repairs may be necessary.
The Conservation Center is proud to be a part of a vast community of individuals and institutions dedicated to conserving the past. We recently had the opportunity to work with such an institution, the Oak Park Public Library, to help conserve a part of their history.
As the skies clear up and bright summer days begin, we felt it was only fitting to feature a landscape that recently underwent a similar experience. When the painting first came to The Center, our conservators quickly noted that the varnish layer had discolored, and the piece would likely brighten significantly if the varnish was removed.
About The Conservation Center The Conservation Center is the largest and most comprehensive private art conservation laboratory in the country. With 35 years of experience, The Center is a leader in the field of art preservation, evolving new treatments and methods to adapt to the rapidly-changing art world. We have cared for fine art from some of the country’s most prestigious private collections, museums, galleries, insurance companies, and corporations.