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Orals

Click here to download a copy of my presentation with script. Thanks for attending and supporting us as we reflect on and celebrate the end of our time as Graduate Fellows in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation.

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Publications and Presentations

FORTHCOMING: “Proposing the personal: centering vulnerability and transparency in how conservators communicate” co-author with Celeste Mahoney for a chapter in Ethical Conservation and Collections Care: Prioritizing People in Decision-Making and Practice, edited by Nina Owczarek Herrera, estimated publish date 2023 “Rarely Either/Or: Advocacy from Internal and External Sources” (toolkit created by M. Schindler) Co-presenter in Read More >

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Reflections on Documenting Reflectivity

This research project investigates documentation practices for Robert Rauschenberg’s metal paintings with reflective or mirror-like surfaces. In these series, Rauschenberg used metal sheets as substrates for paintings, pushing the boundaries of traditional painting through the use of artificially-induced “tarnishes” created with chemical patinating solutions and polyurethane “resists.” The artworks are visually active as their reflective Read More >

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Analysis of Copperhead Varnish Coatings

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Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Documenting Web-based Art

Taught by Patrícia Falcão, Time-based Media Conservation, Tate, Sarah Haylett (Reshaping the Collectible, Tate, and Chris King, Time-based Media Conservation, Tate, and offered virtually by the American Institute for Conservation for the 2020 Annual Meeting, intended to give participants tools and options for documenting webpages.

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Recovering transparency. Repairing scratches and chips on PMMA surfaces

This workshop, taught by Anna Lagana, and offered at Future Talks 019 in Munich, gave
participants the opportunity to practice these treatment options on damaged transparent PMMA samples as well as on face-mounted photographs.

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Plastics Identification Tool

I attended the Plastic Identification Tool workshop at Future Talks in Munich in November 2019 to learn more about the application of this interactive, web-based tool that helps identify or characterize plastics.

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CLARIAH-OH: Transcribing and Analysing Oral History in Digital Research Environments

Digital archiving practices in the Netherlands have permitted increased access to oral history collections. Oral historians who are utilizing these resources…

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Glut Study Day

Robert Rauschenberg created the Glut series (1986-89/1991-94) by manipulating found scrap metal into sculptural reliefs and assemblages. These complex artworks have variable structures with…

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Copperhead condition & collection survey

In June 2019, I examined and documented nine Copperhead metal paintings from the ROCI Chile series that remain in the collection of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation…

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Natalya Swanson