Contemporary Art Conservation

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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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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Interviews in Conservation Research at the University of Amsterdam

In October 2019, I worked in the staff offices at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) to grow my understanding of contemporary conservation theory and assist Dr. Sanneke Stigter on her ongoing Interviews in Conservation Research project…

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Why modern and contemporary art conservation?

Plastics are all around us, from silicone solvents in our cosmetics to microfibers in our clothes. Over the last two centuries, semi- and fully synthetic materials have increasingly replaced natural…

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WUDPAC-VoCA-RRF Partnership

In 2016, Bruno Pouliot and Jill Sterrett embarked on journey to expand the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC)’s curriculum in contemporary art conservation…

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Modern & Contemporary Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art (Kusama, Snelson, Tayou)

Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese contemporary visual and performing artist, writer, activist, and feminist who gained early recognition in her career during the mid-20th century. Her incredibly popular solo…

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