The Art and Science of Conservation: Behind the Scenes at the Freer Gallery of Art

The Art and Science of Conservation: Behind the Scenes at the Freer Gallery of Art

What’s possibly the most calming yet nerve-racking job in the world? Come behind the scenes of the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art to find out!

The conservation and scientific research of ancient Asian art takes a large team of experts from many fields. In order to bring thousands of treasures from the East to the galleries of the Smithsonian in downtown Washington, D.C., several critical and careful steps toward ensuring the objects’ continued longevity must be taken.

Learn more about the hard work taking place to keep these works alive and on display at http://www.asia.si.edu/research/dcsr/default.asp

Glass Conservation

The Museum’s glass conservators care for a collection of more than 45,000 objects spanning 35 centuries. In addition to addressing issues such as crizzling (glass deterioration), they restore damaged pieces. One example is the Tiffany lamp shown here. It came to the Museum in many pieces of various sizes—from tiny chips to large fragments. It took several months to restore the lamp. See more about the conservation of glass at the museum at: http://www.cmog.org/collection/conservation

This video features Steve Koob, conservator for The Corning Museum of Glass.
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