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Objects conservation

Located at the de Young, the Penny and James Coulter Objects Conservation Center preserves, conserves, and studies all three-dimensional works of art in the collections. We care for objects in the galleries and on the grounds of both museums, including monumental sculptures like Mark di Suvero’s Pax Jerusalemme, 1998 – 1999, and media installations like Carrie Mae Weems’s Lincoln, Lonnie and Me, 2012. Working with such varied artworks requires a strong understanding of a wide range of materials and techniques. Through collaborations with community members, scientists, and scholars, we explore the cultural and historical context of each object in order to develop treatments that are both culturally sensitive and honest to the object’s past.