“Transits” is a series that looks at the movement of art in the Fine Art Museums’ collection.
We spoke to Debra Evans, head conservator, and Victoria Binder, associate conservator, about the deinstallation of Strontium, the large-scale mural by Gerhard Richter that has been a significant feature of the de Young’s new building that opened in 2005.
Read more about the challenges of moving this massive artwork, the pressure of working against the clock, and why you shouldn’t bother asking a conservator for cleaning advice.
“Indispensable” is a series that asks the de Young’s Artists in Residence to describe a tool that is essential to their work.
The headset microphone is a favorite tool of corporate presenters, motivational speakers, aerobics instructors—the peppy, the positive, people who “stay on message” and want you to “hang in there.” But it’s put to a more complicated use in Sasha Petrenko's hands. “It makes me think of TED talks, an expert who has it all figured out. But the more I learn, the less I know, and I realize I might just be better off not knowing.”
“Indispensable” is a series that asks the de Young’s Artists in Residence to describe a tool that’s essential to their work.
“I cut myself all the time. She never does.”Read More »
Heather Brown, Mellon Fellow in Paper Conservation
There are seven books in the Ed Ruscha and the Great American West exhibition, which provided paper conservators the opportunity to exercise our skills in mounting books in an invisible way. Though the techniques appear simple, they required a good amount of planning and collaboration to achieve the perfect combination of physical support, visual unity, and aesthetic beauty.Read More »
Anne Getts, Mellon Assistant Textiles Conservator
On the Grid: Textiles & Minimalism, currently on view in the Textiles Gallery at the de Young, presented the textile conservation lab with a variety of mounting challenges. Among these challenges was determining the ideal way to display a dip-dyed and hand painted Moroccan woman’s headcover, or adghar ibrdane tasslit, with a bulky tassel located at each of the four corners.Read More »
Our latest video takes you to our conservation lab where the paper conservation team set up a screen-printing station to investigate prints that Ed Ruscha made with foods including Heinz Baked Beans and caviar. In November 2015, Heather Brown, Mellow Fellow in paper conservation, shared the latest progress on her research.Read More »