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Update: The Artisphere: Arts. Music. Culture's Instagram Live on conservation public programming has been rescheduled to...
01/06/2021

Update: The Artisphere: Arts. Music. Culture's Instagram Live on conservation public programming has been rescheduled to Thursday, 1/14, at 12:30 p.m. EST, given the events that unfolded in Washington, DC. https://www.instagram.com/artisphere/

UPDATE: LIVE CHAT POSTPONED

In light of recent events, we have decided to postpone this week's Live Chat until next Thursday, January 14th, at 12:30 PM EST.

We had so much fun during our Instagram Live Chats at the Virtual Experience presented by TD in October, we decided to continue hosting artists and interesting people in the arts on a weekly basis.

Thursday, January 7th at 12:30 pm EST on Artisphere's Instagram, we'll be chatting with Laura Hoffman, Program Manager of the Lunder Conservation Center of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery.

Hoffman specializes in visitor and online engagement, and since the pandemic, she has launched two new & noteworthy online program series.

The monthly Converse with a Conservator series features a different conservator every month, in which Hoffman moderates a 45-minute conversation driven by questions from the audience.

And during the Art & Me Preservation Family Workshop series, Lunder Conservation Center collaborates with Smithsonian - Freer Gallery of Art & Arthur M. Sackler Gallery to create an interactive artmaking workshop that focuses on preservation for early learners and their caretakers. Educators-Hoffman included-and conservators have teamed up to create a meaningful experience for kids of all ages.

You can see links to the most recent installments of these programs below.
https://americanart.si.edu/art/conservation/videos.

Be sure to join us on Thursday at 12:30 on Instagram
(https://www.instagram.com/artisphere/) to hear more from Laura Hoffman-we're honored she's joining us!

Smithsonian
11/19/2020
Smithsonian

Smithsonian

Due to rising regional and national cases related to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Smithsonian museums, including the National Zoo, will temporarily close to the public starting Monday, Nov. 23. We are not announcing a reopening date at this time, and will share updates on social media and our website, si.edu. Visitors who had reserved timed-entry passes to visit at a future date are being contacted directly. https://s.si.edu/332bgmR

While our spaces are closed, you can always experience the Smithsonian online. Explore millions of pieces from across our collections, plus online exhibitions, videos and more: si.edu/online

We also have free, quality resources from Smithsonian Education for teachers, students and caregivers. These focus on pre-K through 12 education, including low-tech and no-tech options and some Spanish/English learning resources: learninglab.si.edu/distancelearning

Register for the FREE virtual 2020 Safety and Cultural Heritage Summit on October 29-30. The 5th Annual Seminar is organ...
09/22/2020
2020 Safety and Cultural Heritage Summit

Register for the FREE virtual 2020 Safety and Cultural Heritage Summit on October 29-30. The 5th Annual Seminar is organized by Washington Conservation Guild, Potomac Section of the AIHA - American Industrial Hygiene Association, Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery's Lunder Conservation Center, Smithsonian National Collections Program, and Smithsonian's Office of Safety, Health and Environmental Management.

Confirm your spot on Eventbrite by October 26: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-safety-and-cultural-heritage-summit-registration-120070954457

Join us for the fifth Annual Safety and Cultural Heritage Summit October 29th and 30th, 2020

Check out American Alliance of Museums Looking Ahead: A Year for Action towards Sustainable Development Goals webinar on...
09/11/2020
Looking Ahead: A Year for Action towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

Check out American Alliance of Museums Looking Ahead: A Year for Action towards Sustainable Development Goals webinar on September 21, featuring Lunder's Chief of Conservation Amber Kerr: https://www.aam-us.org/event/looking-ahead-a-year-for-action-towards-sustainable-development-goals-sdg/

The United Nations (UN) Climate Week inspires individuals and organizations to become part of the momentum created by the global climate agreement in Paris. It is a collaborative platform where bot…

Iccrom- Heritage Conservation Learning in the COVID World
09/11/2020

Iccrom- Heritage Conservation Learning in the COVID World

The "Heritage Conservation Learning in the COVID World: Challenges and Opportunities" webinar* on 22/09/2020 will discuss how heritage conservation learning has continued during the disruption of COVID-19.

Discussions will consider the challenges now facing this practical field, as well as the learning opportunities for heritage conservation students from educational and training institutions, globally.

As student panellists partaking in the webinar, this page has been created to gather the insights and experiences of our fellow heritage conservation students during the pandemic, providing a platform for your opinions and stories to be discussed during the webinar.

We would love to hear your comments and stories so please do interact with us on our social media to voice the heritage conservation students’ perspective!

*Organised by ICCROM, Athabasca University’s Heritage Resources Management Program (AU), and International Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC).

(Image created by Amber Bhatty via canva)

08/31/2020
CBS Sunday Morning

Watch CBS Sunday Morning cover the incredible conservation of 20 The Legacy Museum, Tuskegee University dioramas from 1940, including "Reconstruction after the War" which was treated here #atSAAM two summers ago!

Conservators, including African American students, are restoring a series of dioramas created for the 1940 American Negro Exposition in Chicago, bringing their magical artistry, and stories, back to life. https://cbsn.ws/2EL6noY

Check out how our time-based media fellow is working on preserving the video games in SAAM's collection on the blog!
08/17/2020
Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery

Check out how our time-based media fellow is working on preserving the video games in SAAM's collection on the blog!

Ever wonder what it takes to care for a digital work of art? SAAM currently has three video games in its time-based media art collection. Like all technology-based works, technological change and platform obsolescence pose preservation challenges. From acquisition, to conservation, preservation, and exhibition, how do our curators and conservators go about caring for video games?

Explore how we're celebrating #EarthDay with Smithsonian's #EarthOptimism. In early March, we hosted #ClimateSTT—check o...
04/22/2020
Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery

Explore how we're celebrating #EarthDay with Smithsonian's #EarthOptimism. In early March, we hosted #ClimateSTT—check out the videos, https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7gn_68Hr4h-fIGqC-xRM6GnZTkqajDHL, and read about our call-to-action packed symposium!

Today is the 50th anniversary of #EarthDay

Ever wonder about the effects of climate change on cultural heritage? Lunder Conservation Center conservators do, and they recently convened a two-day conference exploring challenges while focusing on solutions.
#EarthOptimism

Smithsonian
04/22/2020

Smithsonian

Today is the 50th anniversary of #EarthDay. This 1991 poster by 6-year-old Jayme Morgan Penner was printed with vegetable-based inks on recycled paper, and is in our Cooper Hewitt's collection.

At this difficult and unprecedented time, we're sharing stories of #EarthOptimism: what's working to protect the future of our planet. By focusing on success stories in conservation and sustainability, we can find inspiration even in the face of immense challenges.

Tune in to the Smithsonian Earth Optimism digital summit from April 22 through 24 for live speakers, discussions and films at earthoptimism.si.edu.

Smithsonian
03/12/2020
Smithsonian

Smithsonian

As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, all Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo will temporarily close to the public starting Saturday, March 14. We will provide updates on social media and on our website.

Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery
03/12/2020
Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery

Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery

As a public health precaution, the Smithsonian is postponing or canceling all public events through May 3. See si.edu/events for details. Museums and the National Zoo remain open at this time. We are monitoring the guidance of the CDC and local public health officials.

Registration extended through Monday! Don't miss your chance to be part of this important discussion on climate change a...
02/28/2020
Lunder Conservation Center

Registration extended through Monday! Don't miss your chance to be part of this important discussion on climate change and its effects on cultural heritage—register today: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stemming-the-tide-symposium-tickets-89070276595

Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery and the Smithsonian’s National Collections Program for a symposium exploring the intersection of cultural heritage and climate change. Stemming the Tide Symposium: Global Strategies for Sustaining Cultural Heritage Through Climate Change is convening in Washington, DC on March 5 & 6. Be a part this important discussion—more info at s.si.edu/climate American Institute for Conservation International Institute for Conservation (IIC) US/ICOMOS ICOM US International Council of Museums - ICOM Emerging Conservation Professionals Network Unesco World Heritage

Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery and the Smithsonian’s National Collections Program for ...
01/29/2020
Stemming the Tide: Global Strategies for Sustaining Cultural Heritage Through Climate Change

Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery and the Smithsonian’s National Collections Program for a symposium exploring the intersection of cultural heritage and climate change. Stemming the Tide Symposium: Global Strategies for Sustaining Cultural Heritage Through Climate Change is convening in Washington, DC on March 5 & 6. Be a part this important discussion—more info at s.si.edu/climate American Institute for Conservation International Institute for Conservation (IIC) US/ICOMOS ICOM US International Council of Museums - ICOM Emerging Conservation Professionals Network Unesco World Heritage

See why The New York Times named Lunder Conservation Center "a destination-worthy draw" and come see us for yourself!
01/22/2020
The New York Times - Travel

See why The New York Times named Lunder Conservation Center "a destination-worthy draw" and come see us for yourself!

Museums across the country are including visitors in the art restoration process. “It’s a little bit of forensic science, a little bit of chemistry,” one conservator said.

Get a glimpse into Nicole Chausse's Conservation Internship for Broadening Access here #atSAAM's Lunder Conservation Cen...
11/20/2019

Get a glimpse into Nicole Chausse's Conservation Internship for Broadening Access here #atSAAM's Lunder Conservation Center this summer

2019 Conservation Internship for Broadening Access (CIBA)

Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)

Exciting news! Lunder is hosting a three-day workshop on technical imaging #atSAAM on December 11–13. Buffalo State art ...
11/15/2019
Conservation Workshop: Technical Imaging with Modified UV-VIS-IR DSLR Cameras

Exciting news! Lunder is hosting a three-day workshop on technical imaging #atSAAM on December 11–13. Buffalo State art conservation professor Jiuan Jiuan Chen will be leading this workshop. There are a limited number of spots available—free of charge—and applications have just opened. For more information and to apply, go to https://forms.gle/3myZd4ivomq5W1Tt9. Applications are due by November 25! American Institute for Conservation Washington Conservation Guild Emerging Conservation Professionals Network D.C. Emerging Museum Professionals Group D.C. Emerging Museum Professionals D.C. Mid-Career Museum Professionals (unofficial)

11/04/2019
American Institute for Conservation

American Institute for Conservation

We’re taking your questions at the National Archives with Abigail Aldrich and AIC member Vicki Lee!

They’re discussing emergency response and planning, both locally for NARA and in collaboration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency responding to emergencies like the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. They’re also talking about ways that cultural institutions and individuals can prepare for an emergency, so you can feel more secure knowing your collections and personal heirlooms are secure. We’re accepting live audience questions, so leave them in the comments below.

Experience live conservation treatment of William Couper's sculpture of American naturalist and the Smithsonian's first ...
07/03/2019

Experience live conservation treatment of William Couper's sculpture of American naturalist and the Smithsonian's first curator, Spencer Fullerton Baird, at Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History's Q?rius Center this week and next with Lunder's intern, Lindsay Cross!

Explore why content is king in the museum world with Lunder Conservation Center's Program Coordinator Laura Hoffman duri...
06/19/2019
'Content' with Smithsonian Lunder Conservation Center's Laura Hoffman

Explore why content is king in the museum world with Lunder Conservation Center's Program Coordinator Laura Hoffman during the latest Museum Buzz podcast!

"Content is king. It is what we have in our pockets as museums. [And it’s important] to keep that in mind, that power. But, also think about the audiences and why we still exist and why that content remains powerful.” Content is still king. It’s what museums put out on social media, it’s the...

So excited to see our past interns, Genevieve Antoine and Jordan Wright, continue on their conservation studies at Yale ...
06/14/2019
Patience and a steady hand: Increasing diversity in art conservation

So excited to see our past interns, Genevieve Antoine and Jordan Wright, continue on their conservation studies at Yale Center for British Art!

Relive their fantastic work at Lunder #atSAAM last summer in collaboration with University of Delaware Art Conservation Programs and The Legacy Museum, Tuskegee University with generous funding from the Kress Foundation: https://americanart.si.edu/blog/eye-level/2018/11/57919/conservation-tale-two-summers and https://americanart.si.edu/blog/eye-level/2018/18/57917/through-eye-needle-treating-1940-diorama

Fifteen students from historically black colleges and universities recently got hands-on experience in art conservation thanks to a new Yale partnership.

There's still time to apply for the 2019–2020 Samuel H. Kress Fellowship in Paintings Conservation at Smithsonian Americ...
05/29/2019

There's still time to apply for the 2019–2020 Samuel H. Kress Fellowship in Paintings Conservation at Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery by June 7 (new extended deadline)! Washington Conservation Guild American Institute for Conservation

Apply for the Lunder Conservation Center Fellowship—deadline has been extended to June 7! Washington Conservation Guild ...
05/29/2019

Apply for the Lunder Conservation Center Fellowship—deadline has been extended to June 7! Washington Conservation Guild American Institute for Conservation

Smithsonian
05/28/2019

Smithsonian

Today we are thrilled to announce that our Board of Regents has elected Lonnie G. Bunch III as the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, effective June 16.

The founding director of our Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Bunch brings a reputation for compelling scholarship and visionary leadership. He will be the first African American to lead the Smithsonian. He is also the first historian elected Secretary and the first museum director to ascend to Secretary in 74 years.

Learn more about our Secretary-elect: https://s.si.edu/2HWXkPy

05/09/2019

Call for abstracts for the 2019
Safety and Cultural Heritage Summit:
Preserving Our Heritage and Protecting Our Health
Fall Professional Development Seminar!

The Lunder Conservation Center is collaborating with the Potomac Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the Washington Conservation Guild, the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Safety, Health and Environmental Management, and the Smithsonian National Collection Program to host a Safety and Cultural Heritage Summit.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
McEvoy Auditorium
Smithsonian American Art Museum
G and 8th Streets, NW, Washington DC

We are now accepting abstracts focusing on controlling health and safety risks from preparing, treating, managing, and exhibiting artistic, historic, and natural science collections as well as abating structural hazards and responding to disasters impacting collections. We welcome case studies and encourage joint presentations by conservators, collections care professionals, AND health & safety professionals!

Previous Summit topics can be found here: 2018 Summit Program Abstracts. Other examples include:
• Safety challenges in gallery exhibit installation,
• Exposure assessments and remediation of unique hazards in museum collections,
• Hazardous material abatement in historic houses,
• Risks posed by conservation treatments and safe work policies for conservation laboratories,
• Preparedness and emergency response in collections.

Presenters have 2 submission options:
1. A podium presentation of 20 minutes, with 5-10 minutes for questions. (30 min. max)
2. A lightning round presentation of 5 minutes. Q/A segment may follow as a group.

Posters will be accepted but only if content can be reduced to a readable 8 ½ x 11 or folded 11 x 17 sheet handout, as there is no available space at venue for mounted poster presentations.

Abstracts must specify your submission preference and should not exceed 300 words.
Questions Welcomed! Please send your presentation and poster abstracts to
[email protected] by COB August 1, 2019.

05/01/2019
Connecting to Collections Care Online Community

It's #MayDayPrep! Tune in live and learn more about today’s program Connecting to Collections Care Online Community here: bit.ly/2UQ54Y3

We’re going live for #MayDayPrep with The Library of Congress to see what’s in their emergency response kit! Andrew Robb and Ashley Greek are joining us with the American Institute for Conservation’s Emergency Committee Chair Becca Kennedy. Learn more about today’s program here: bit.ly/2UQ54Y3

04/25/2019
Cleaning Larry Fuente’s Game Fish

Preservation is at the heart of what we do here at the Lunder Conservation Center. Composed of found plastic toys, Larry Fuente’s "Game Fish" (1988) is very tricky to clean. Recently, graduate intern Leila Sabouni vacuumed and used CO2 snow (microscopic dry ice) to remove dust—watch in slow motion! As preventative care, the artwork is on display in a gallery with controlled light levels, relative humidity, and airflow. Come see it in person at #RenwickGallery. #PreservationWeek #preswk

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Smithsonian American Art Museum And The National Portrait Gallery, 8th And F Streets, NW
Washington D.C., DC
20001

The museums are conveniently located above the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metrorail station (Red, Yellow and Green lines). Metro hours, fare information, and maps are available at http://www.wmata.com. The DC Circulator also serves the museums' Penn Quarter neighborhood. Hours, fare information and maps are available at http://www.dccirculator.com.

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Monday 11:30 - 19:00
Tuesday 11:30 - 19:00
Wednesday 11:30 - 19:00
Thursday 11:30 - 19:00
Friday 11:30 - 19:00
Saturday 11:30 - 19:00
Sunday 11:30 - 19:00

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Hello! ICCROM is having the webinar “Heritage Conservation Learning in the COVID World: Challenges and Opportunities”* on 22/ 09/2020 which will discuss how conservation learning has continued during the pandemic. Discussion will consider the challenges now facing this practical field, as well as new learning opportunities for conservation students from educational and training institutions, globally. I am one of the student panelists partaking in the webinar. Us students have created a Facebook and Instagram page to gather insight and experiences of our fellow conservation students during the pandemic, providing a platform for their opinions and stories to be discussed during the webinar. Every few days for the next few weeks we will be posting a series of questions and we would love to hear comments and stories from conservation students from all around the world. As we are trying to reach an international audience, we would greatly appreciate if you could please share this with your conservation community so that we can include diverse perspective in the webinar. Thank you Here are our social media: Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Iccrom-Heritage-Conservation-Learning-in-the-COVID-World-118401196577564/ Instagram - hc.covidlearning * Organized by ICCROM in partnership with Athabasca University’s Heritage Resources Management Program (AU), and International Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC).