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Workshop: Recent Advances in Characterizing Asian Lacquer
detail of lacquer cabinet

The GCI is pleased to announce the workshop "Recent Advances in Characterizing Asian Lacquer" (RAdICAL), to be held October 22–26, 2012, at the Getty Center. This five-day workshop will explore recent developments in the analysis of organic materials in Asian lacquer, with the aim of instructing conservators and conservation scientists in newly developed procedures for acquiring detailed compositional information and exploring the implications for the conservation of lacquered objects. This workshop grows out of the GCI's Characterization of Asian and European Lacquers project and is presented as part of the Institute's Research into Practice Initiative.

The workshop provides a unique opportunity for scientists and conservators to work in close collaboration, facilitating dialogue on such diverse topics as understanding compositional variation in lacquered objects made in different countries and time periods, identifying research priorities, expanding the network of lacquer researchers, and exploring the relevance of analytical research to the conservation of lacquered objects. Conservators and scientists will work together in research teams to prepare and test samples of historic lacquer and present their analytical findings to the workshop on the final day.

Applicants should be midcareer conservators, scientists, or conservation scientists. Conservators should have experience working with lacquer and a record of research on the subject. Scientists should have an established record of using Py-GC/MS (pyrolysis gas chromatography–mass spectrometry). A maximum of eighteen participants will be accepted. Workshop instruction and materials will be in English. The application deadline is May 31, 2012. For a complete workshop description, eligibility requirements, costs, and application form, visit