The Lunder Conservation Center and the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation, present:

Conservation and Exhibition Planning: 
Material Testing for Design, Display, and Packing

A two-day conference
November 19 & 20, 2015
Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, 8th and G Streets, NW, Washington, DC

Conservation and Exhibition Planning Conference Program

Conference Abstracts

Student/Fellow registration:  $75.00
Early registration:  $150.00
Regular registration (after October 14, 2015): $200.00

Online registration will close on November 12, 2015. Onsite registration will be available for payment with credit card or check.
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This two-day conference is an opportunity for exhibition designers, mount makers, registrars, collection managers, conservators, and scientists to explore the challenges of how materials are selected for use with art objects.  

The planning for appropriate collection care before, during, and after display is dependent on accessing reliable information about the materials we use. The production of fabrics, painted surfaces, mounts, foams, and board materials facilitate the creative display of art objects. Understanding how these materials will react with artworks over time is a fundamentally challenging, but necessary, undertaking.  

This conference will convey practical considerations that facilitate and benefit collection care in museum exhibition workflows, and how they impact staff across departments. Presentations will focus on designing exhibitions and fabricating display furniture; strategic approaches to collection care during the exhibition implementation process; designing storage environments; conservation work spaces; interpretation and sharing of analytical results from Oddy testing and alternatives to the Oddy test; and monitoring how materials change over time.

Support for this conference comes from the Lunder Conservation Center and 
the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works Endowment 
for Professional Development, which was created by a grant from
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and donations from
members of the American Institute for Conservation and its friends. 
Professional development events are made possible with the assistance of many AIC members, but no AIC membership dues were used to create or present this course.

For more information, contact:
Abigail Choudhury
FAIC Development and Education Coordinator
1156 15th Street, NW, Suite 320
Washington, DC 20005


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