All posts in Conservation

Bark painting in Connecting Cultures. Bamboo, palm spathes, paint. X579.

Resurrected Abelam Bark Painting Returned to View

When you look up at the large, towering Abelam bark painting in our exhibition Connecting Cultures, you wouldn’t guess that it had been bedridden for…

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After Treatment, Panel of Tiles

Connecting with Conservation

If you’ve been through Connecting Cultures, you’ve probably wondered at the number of diverse objects.  You may not be aware, however, of the planning and…

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Mary Lucier

Playing House: Working with Artists

In the exhibition Playing House four artists, Betty Woodman, Ann Chu, Ann Agee and Mary Lucier, install their own artwork into and around several period rooms…

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Portrait of a Man

Treatment of Portrait of a Man

In preparation for the paper rotation that recently went on view in our second floor, the works were examined and, if necessary, stabilized before going…

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Five-Piece Clock Garniture

All Geared Up for a Timely Repair

For 19th-Century Modern, which opened last month, the conservation department undertook the cleaning and stabilization of many objects, among them the five-piece silvered bronze candlesticks…

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A Tree Blossoms in Brooklyn

In preparation for the exhibition Sanford Biggers: Sweet Funk—An Introspective, conservators took part in preparing and installing Blossom, 2010, a recent acquisition to the collection….

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Detail of Book of the Dead of Sobekmose

Repairing the Book of the Dead

Repairing papyrus can be a little like putting a jigsaw puzzle together. In order to make sense of the many small pieces at hand, we…

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Quake map

We felt the earth move under our feet

Yes folks. The quake was felt here at the Brooklyn Museum. Unlike our colleagues in California, Tennessee and even Indianapolis, we Brooklynites do not live…

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Elvis Mask for Nyau Society

Elvis is in the building

Elvis is at the Brooklyn Museum and not where you’d expect to find him—in the new installation of the Museum’s African galleries, African Innovations. Brooklyn’s…

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Split Second paintings in the Conservation Lab

Many Hours for a Split Second

With the initiation of the project Split Second, Joan Cummins, Curator of Asian Art selected a very large number (185) of works from the Museum’s…

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Instagr.am

35 Animal Mummies meet Twitter and Instagr.am

If you read Lisa’s post on the animal mummy field trip to the Animal Medical Center and got as excited as we did, follow us…

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Falcon X-ray

Animal Mummies – X-radiography, and coming soon – CT scans!

These past few weeks we have been steadily packing and preparing to transport a group of animal mummies to the Animal Medical Center (AMC) for…

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Inner Cartonnage of Gautseshenu

Lady Gautseshenu goes to the Hospital

Yesterday, a team of curators, conservators, and art packers and handlers took the last of our human mummies to North Shore University Hospital to be…

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Detail from the Book of the Dead of the Goldworker Amun, Sobekmose

Radiocarbon (carbon-14) Dating of Book of the Dead of Sobekmose

Our research to further understand the Book of the Dead of the Goldworker Amun, Sobekmose continues. Carbon-14 (C-14) dating was one of the first scientific…

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Blackfeet Tipi tripod

So How Do You Set Up a Tipi?

That’s exactly the question we were asking ourselves when Nancy Rosoff and Susan Kennedy Zeller organizing Curators for Tipi: Heritage of the Great Plains put…

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