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Friday, June 1 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
51. (Natural History) Putting the Monkey Back in the Classroom: the Conservation and Restoration of a Mounted Guenon Monkey

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As mounted taxidermy specimens in natural history collections age, original components like fingers, toes, and hair, as well as areas sculpted by the taxidermist, may become damaged, aged, or lost. The deterioration often causes the specimen to be pushed to the back of the shelf, making it unfit for display or for educational activities. Such was the case for a mounted guenon monkey held in the Education Department at the American Museum of Natural History. The mounted guenon, a DeBrazza’s Monkey, had lost almost all of its characteristic white mustache and beard, several fingers had broken off, and the skin on its foot and ankle had torn in two locations. 

In order to conserve and restore the guenon monkey for the Education Department, tears in the skin were mended, lost facial hair was replaced, and the missing fingers were remade. This poster will describe three effective methods of restoration used to revitalize this mounted guenon monkey: flocking hair, casting pigmented wax fills for finger replacement, and techniques for mending torn skin with different adhesives.

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Joy Bloser

Graduate Intern at The Museum of Modern Art, The Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Joy Bloser is the Marica and Jan Vilcek Fellow in Art Conservation at The Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, earning her dual MS/MA in the Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works and History of Art & Archaeology. She specializes in modern and contemporary objects... Read More →

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Julia Sybalsky

Senior Associate Conservator, American Museum of Natural History
Julia Sybalsky is an Associate Conservator at the AMNH, where she began working in January of 2010. She was an important contributor in the recently-completed renovation of dioramas in the Hall of North American Mammals and the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall. Julia's work supports... Read More →
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Fran E. Ritchie

Conservator (Objects), National Park Service
Fran Ritchie is the organic objects conservator at the National Park Service (NPS) Harpers Ferry Center where she focuses on natural science materials, Indigenous collections, and archaeological and utilitarian cultural heritage. Prior to the NPS, she worked on projects at the American... Read More →

Friday June 1, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm MDT
Texas Ballroom (Foyer outside Ballrooms - Poster Session) Marriott Marquis Houston

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