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7. Lunch and Learn Session [clear filter]
Thursday, May 31
 

12:30pm

(Private Practice) Getting Results: Tips and Case Study Session for Technical Analysis Resources (Part I)
Limited Capacity seats available

This two-day program will address issues and solutions for obtaining analytical results and material identification for conservators who do not have access to technical equipment or scientific expertise in their studios or laboratories. 

This session will be a selection of tips and case studies presentations of unique solutions to obtaining technical analysis, solutions to interesting problems and tips for  using, and finding services outside of conservation laboratories.

The following panel discussion (Friday, June 1: 12pm to 2pm) will include presentations and discussion on the various models for offering analytical services as well as the pros/cons, ethical and logistical considerations for conducting this kind of research. Speakers will represent various aspects of the process of obtaining analytical services: finding appropriate laboratories, different types of companies/organizations/individuals offering these services, and understanding the issues and limitations of interpreting results. 

The audience is not limited to conservators in private practice, but any individual or organization that does not have these resources.

Preliminary Schedule: (Moderator: Linda Roundhill)

* New Developments with Oddy Testing (Rachael Perkins Arenstein, A.M. Art Conservation, LLC) * Issues with finding regional resources for analysis (Abbott Nixon, West Lake Conservators, Ltd)
* Spectral Analysis for Precise Color Matching (Ulysses Jackson, Golden Artist Colors, Inc.)
* Providing materials testing and analysis for conservators (Lauren Fly, SGS Art Services)
* Using Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI)  in private practice (Kerith Koss Schrager, The Found Object Art Conservation)
* Analytical Techniques and Material Identification Tip Flash Session

Speakers
avatar for Rachael Perkins Arenstein-[PA]

Rachael Perkins Arenstein-[PA]

Partner, AM Art Conservation LLC
Rachael Perkins Arenstein is a Professional Associate member of the American Institute for Conservation. She is a principal of A.M. Art Conservation, LLC, the private practice that she co-founded in 2009. She has worked at the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem, the Smithsonian's National... Read More →
avatar for Abbott Nixon

Abbott Nixon

Painting Conservation Assistant & Operations Manager, West Lake Conservators
Abbott received her B.A. in Arts Administration from SUNY Fredonia, where she studied the ephemeral performance art. She received her M.A. in Critical Museum Studies in May 2018, where she focused on the museum management and wrote her Master's thesis on the ethics of material degradation... Read More →
avatar for Kerith Koss Schrager

Kerith Koss Schrager

Conservator, The Found Object Art Conservation
Kerith Koss Schrager, objects conservator and owner of The Found Object Art Conservation, provides conservation and preservation services for fine and decorative arts, historical, ethnographic and archaeological collections in the greater New York area. She has worked with institutions... Read More →

Sponsors
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Ship and Insure

Ship and Insure


Thursday May 31, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Montrose Meeting Room Marriott Marquis Houston
 
Friday, June 1
 

12:00pm

(Private Practice) The Science of Things: Theory and Practice for Obtaining Independent Technical Results (Part II)
Limited Capacity seats available

This two-day program will address issues and solutions for obtaining analytical results and material identification for conservators who do not have access to technical equipment or scientific expertise in their studios or laboratories.

This panel discussion will include presentations and discussion on the various models for offering analytical services as well as the pros/cons, ethical and logistical considerations for conducting this kind of research. Speakers will represent various aspects of the process of obtaining analytical services: finding appropriate laboratories, different types of companies/organizations/individuals offering these services, and understanding the issues and limitations of interpreting results. Audience participation will be encouraged with a moderated discussion following brief presentations.

The panel discussion will be a follow-up discussion to selection of tips and case studies presented on the first day of the program (Thursday, May 31: 12:00pm to 2pm)

The audience is not limited to conservators in private practice, but any individual or organization that does not have these resources. Topics include:
obtaining free and affordable technical analyses from labs and regional sources, accurate and affordable color-matching without a spectrometer, DIY Oddy testing and RTI, and using local medical facilities for radiography

Moderators
avatar for Kerith Koss Schrager

Kerith Koss Schrager

Conservator, The Found Object Art Conservation
Kerith Koss Schrager, objects conservator and owner of The Found Object Art Conservation, provides conservation and preservation services for fine and decorative arts, historical, ethnographic and archaeological collections in the greater New York area. She has worked with institutions... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Kristin deGhetaldi-[PA]

Dr. Kristin deGhetaldi-[PA]

deGhetaldi Fine Art Restoration, LLC
Kristin de Ghetaldi is a painting conservator who graduated in 2008 with a Master of Science degree from the Winterthur/University of Delaware program in Conservation. She recently obtained her PhD in Preservation Studies from the University of Delaware and completed a three-year... Read More →
avatar for Emily MacDonald Korth

Emily MacDonald Korth

President and Chief Analyst, Longevity Art Preservation, LLC and Art Preservation Index/APIx, LLC
Emily MacDonald-Korth is an art preservation specialist working in art conservation and research, fine art and collections consulting, and historic paint analysis. MacDonald-Korth has worked on conservation and technical analysis projects across the United States, in China, and in... Read More →
avatar for Nica Gutman Rieppi-[PA]

Nica Gutman Rieppi-[PA]

Conservator, Art Analysis & Research (AA&R)
Nica Gutman Rieppi is Principal Investigator for Art Analysis and Research (US). Working with conservators, appraisers, art advisors, auction houses and private collectors, she has over 20 years of experience in the field of art forensics. She obtained dual Master of Arts degrees... Read More →
avatar for Marc Sebastian Walton

Marc Sebastian Walton

Co-Director, Research Professor, Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts
Marc Walton joined the Northwestern University / Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts in 2013 as its inaugural Senior Scientist and as a Research Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University. In January of 2018, he was appointed... Read More →


Friday June 1, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Montrose Meeting Room Marriott Marquis Houston

12:00pm

Discolored - Now What - Socratic Dialog with Lunch
Limited Capacity seats available

The removal of a strongly yellowed varnish, the removal of the traces of corrosion caused by pigeon droppings on a bronze statue, bringing back original color and appearance. These are decisions which professionals make every day decisions on the conservation, preservation and restoration of objects in the broadest sense of the word, be it museum objects, parts of historic buildings, or entire buildings. Heated discussions still occur about which objects may be treated and exhibited or not, this since the “cleaning controversy” related to the “scientifically responsible” removal of yellowed varnishes at the National Gallery in London after the second world war. How may an object be treated and what is an acceptable results? Has the object become what it is supposed to be? Color and discoloration/fading play an important role in such discussions and the resulting conservation decisions. Color is an important part of the original appearance of an object, and the question is then, which color is the “right” one after restoration? What is a good interpretation of color? Thus, what is a good restoration with regards to color? Or, should the object be left in its discolored state? Such questions are certain to continue to incite lively discussions. However, it is often useful to step back and ask what the essence of the debate is, and why such restoration decisions are so controversial. In order to do this, a Socratic dialogue is proposed for the 2018 general sessions in Houston, continuing a series of such dialogues at AIC annual meetings. Participants will look at the role of color, discoloration and fading in conservation decisions. A Socratic dialogue is a structured form of dialogue in which all participants actively contribute. The purpose of the dialogue is not to solve the question at hand, that is, find specific answers to how one should treat discoloration and fading of objects, but to investigate each other’s experience, opinions and concerns with color and discoloration of objects. The Socratic method provides a safe, open environment for participants to investigate what the essence behind these issues is, and to understand their own points of view as well as those of others. It provides a solid foundation for thinking about and understanding how we deal with discoloration, and how this understanding might help us in making treatment decisions in the future. Cost $35 ($45 non-members)

Speakers
avatar for William Wei

William Wei

Senior Conservation Scientist, Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed
Dr. Wei (1955) is a senior conservation scientist in the Research Department of the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE - Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed). He has a B.S.E. in mechanical engineering from Princeton University (1977) and a Ph.D. in materials science... Read More →


Friday June 1, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Memorial Meeting Room Marriott Marquis Houston
 
Saturday, June 2
 

12:00pm

Book and Paper Tips Lunch
Limited Capacity seats available

Back by popular demand - hear the latest and greatest tips from book and paper conservators.


Saturday June 2, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Texas Ballroom E Marriott Marquis Houston

12:00pm

Objects Tips Lunch
Limited Capacity seats available

Saturday June 2, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Texas Ballrooms F-H Marriott Marquis Houston