Conservation of Our Collection: Abstract Drawings
Conversation with Paper Conservator Kate Maynor
Thursday, September 20th
South wing, Second floor
On view through January 6th, 2013
Learn more about the examination and treatment of works on paper with Kate Maynor, paper conservator at the American Art Musuem, this Thursday afternoon. Learn more about how the type of paper and the kind of ink or paint applied to it affect the lifespan of the artwork. "Understanding how media like ink, watercolor, gouache, and other materials will react over time to changes in light levels and relative humidity is part of Kate’s job. Using a microscope, Kate can peer right down to the fibers of the paper and detect early signs of potential losses or fading. She works at that microscopic level to stabilize flaking media before any further degradation can occur."
As part of the discussion, Kate will explain "how she consolidated some paint layers in a Charles Seliger drawing as well as how she was able to reduce distortions in the delicate paper for Branding by Claire Falkenstein. The choices the artists made (some over 60 years ago) for the type of paper and media they used all affect how the artwork will stand the test of time as well as the treatment plan Kate will use to preserve the artwork."
Thanks to Eye Level for sharing this event.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th & G St, NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown