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Conservation Departments

Lilli Steele removing discolored varnish from Degas's Dancers at the Barre.

Paintings Conservation

Head of Conservation Elizabeth Steele removes discolored varnish from Edgar Degas’s Dancers at the Barre (c. 1900).

A conservator looks at a work on paper

Paper Conservation

Paper Conservator Sylvia Albro treats Jackson Pollock’s Collage and Oil (1951), reattaching pieces of the collage that have become disengaged.

Photograph of a conservator working on a photograph

Photography Conservation

Photography Conservator Ewa Paul prepares new storage housing for Alfred Stieglitz’s series of nineteen silver gelatin prints, the Equivalents (1925-1931).

Conservator works in the conservation studio

Sculpture Conservation

Sculptor Conservator Simona Cristanetti finishes cleaning and retouching Kaleidoscopic Telescope (2001) by Olafur Eliasson in preparation for its inclusion in the 2021 Centennial Exhibition.

Conservators look at a quilt

Collection Care Management

Conservators prepare Gee’s Bend quilt Housetop (1960) by Malissa Pettway to be rolled for storage.

Research Projects

Research carried out on individual artists or works of art have been the centerpiece of numerous special exhibitions. The conservation studio is often a place to gather art historians, curators, artists and conservators to study works of art as a group, initiating stimulating discussions on ways of seeing things across multiple disciplines.

Ellsworth Kelly Sculpture Conservation Treatment

The Ellsworth Kelly sculpture in the Phillips’s Hunter Courtyard gets an 8-month conservation treatment.

Conservator’s Perspective

In conjunction with the exhibition Picasso: Painting the Blue Period, Associate Conservator Patricia Favero on discoveries on Pablo Picasso’s The Blue Room.

A Closer Look

In conjunction with the exhibition Georges Braque and the Cubist Still Life, 1928-1945, this video showcases the technical examinations of four Braque paintings in our collection. These studies revealed new discoveries about Braque’s working methods, his palette, pigments, and the layering structure and composition of his materials. 

On The Experiment Station

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