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August 2012

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Cleaning mosaics.
GCI staff member Leslie Friedman working on a mosaic in Bulla Regia, Tunisia. Photo: Scott S. Warren

In July, the partners in MOSAIKON—the GCI, the Getty Foundation, ICCROM, and ICCM—met at the Getty Center to evaluate past activities and to plan for the future work of this regional initiative on conservation of mosaics in the Mediterranean area. Upcoming projects include additional training courses for mosaic conservation technicians, a second regional training course for site managers, and continuation of the Bulla Regia model field project.

Learn more about MOSAIKON.

Jackson Pollock at the Getty
Kevin Marshall, head of preparations for the Getty Museum, uncrating Mural. Photo: Stacey Rain Strickler

Jackson Pollock's seminal work Mural (1943) arrived at the Getty Center on July 19, 2012 from the University of Iowa Museum of Art. Over the next twenty months, the painting will undergo technical study and conservation treatment by GCI research scientists and Getty Museum conservators. The study will become one of the main activities in the GCI's Modern Paints project.

Find out more on the Getty blog The Iris

Cleaning of Acrylic Painted Surfaces (CAPS) Workshop
Workshop participant
Workshop participant carries out test cleaning. Photo: Tram Vo

The GCI organized the third CAPS workshop in July 2012. Held at Tate Britain in London, this three and a half-day workshop aimed to introduce the group of eighteen participants to a range of potentially useful new cleaning products or systems for acrylic painted surfaces that have arisen out of recent scientific testing, much of it carried out by the GCI, Tate Gallery, and the Dow Chemical Company.

Find out more about modern paints research at the GCI.

Outdoor Painted Sculpture
Mark di Suvero scuplture
Meeting participants visit Governers Island in New York. Sculpture: Mark di Suvero, Chonk On, 2000. Courtesy of the artist and Spacetime CC. Photo: Gary Mattison

In New York in June, the GCI convened a focus meeting on the conservation of outdoor painted sculpture as part of its Modern and Contemporary Art Research Initiative. At the gathering, a select group of conservators specializing in this area, representatives of the estates, foundations or studios of a number of significant sculptors, and professionals from the paint industry, discussed issues related to the care of these artworks, which pose many more complications for their preservation than their indoor counterparts.

This meeting was generously supported by the GCI Council.

Learn more about GCI research on outdoor painted surfaces.

Getty Conservation Institute Guest Scholars Program
GCI Conservation Guest Scholar
Former GCI Conservation Guest Scholar Yvonne Shashoua. Photo: Sean Charette

Applications for the 2013-2014 Conservation Guest Scholars Program at the GCI will be available mid-August. The program is for established conservators, scientists, and professionals who have attained distinction in conservation and allied fields.

Find out more about the GCI Guest Scholar Program.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Conservation Science
Postdoctoral Fellow
Postdoctoral Fellow for 2011–2013 Andrew Lerwill. Photo: Scott S. Warren

Applications for GCI's Postdoctoral Fellowship in Conservation Science will be available mid-August. This two-year program is designed to provide experience in the field of conservation science to a recent PhD recipient in chemistry or the physical sciences who has an interest in the conservation of cultural heritage. The 2013-2015 fellowship—to be carried out in the GCI's Collections Research Laboratory—will focus on conservation science as conducted within a museum environment.

Learn more about the Postdoctoral Fellowship.

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Drama and Devotion: Heemskerck's Ecce Homo Altarpiece from Warsaw

By Anne T. Woollett, Yvonne Szafran, and Alan Phenix

A stunning 16th-century Dutch Renaissance altarpiece Ecce Homo was the focus of a technical examination by the GCI's Alan Phenix and the Getty Museum's Yvonne Szafran in preparation for the recently opened exhibition Drama and Devotion.

Learn more about this exhibition.

Purchase a copy of the exhibition catalog to learn more about the technical examination of the altarpiece.

Getty publication
Video of a Panel Discussion:
Approaches to Conserving Modern Architecture in the USA

On June 7, 2012, Kyle Normandin, project manger of GCI's Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative (CMAI), led a panel discussion that examined new approaches to the rehabilitation of modern architecture that balance design with conversation principles.

Watch the video online.

Learn more about CMAI.

Newly Acquired Titles

Recently acquired titles in the Conservation Collection in the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute are available to readers on site at the Getty Center. Some materials are available through the library's interlibrary loan service.

Access the list of recently acquired titles from the GCI Information Center page.

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Position Available at the GCI

The GCI's Education Department is seeking a conservator for the position of Senior Project Specialist (Collections) who will share responsibility for the conceptual development and implementation of a new interdisciplinary initiative that will focus on the research and development of sustainable environmental control and management strategies for collections in museums, libraries, archives, and other repositories.

Find out more and apply online.

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