Chris Burden  Urban Light, 2008  (Two-hundred and two) restored cast iron antique street lamps  320 1/2 x 686 1/2 x 704 1/2 in. (814.07 x 1743.71 x 1789.43 cm)  Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Gordon Family Foundation's gift to "Transformation: The LACMA Campaign" (M.2007.147.1-.202)   © Chris Burden. Photo credit Richard Rownak -
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Saving the Now: Crossing Boundaries to Conserve Contemporary Works
Monday 12th September 2016 to Friday 16th September 2016

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IIC is delighted to present the 26th biennial IIC Congress and to be in Los Angeles, organised in collaboration with INCCA. Blessed with an energetic contemporary arts scene, it is entirely appropriate that Los Angeles is the location for the 2016 IIC Congress, on this diverse, complex, challenging and endlessly exciting area of creativity, energy and imagination. Reflecting one aspect of the rich and varied history of the city’s architectural styles, the congress will be held at the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel, situated in the centre of the vibrant cultural district.

De-installation of the blue whale skeleton, carried out while the public gallery remained open. ©The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London

IIC is pleased to announce that the 2016 IIC Keck Award is awarded to the Natural History Museum, London, UK, for their ‘Blue Whale Project’. The Award itself will be presented at the 2016 Los Angeles Congress, which runs from 12th to 16th September 2016. (As a reminder today - 19th August - is the last day to benefit from the Standard registration rate and the last day to enjoy the benefit of the reduced hotel block booking rate.)

The project

Following on from our previous communication we are delighted to announce two extended deadlines:

The venue for the Congress, the historic Biltmore Hotel, has agreed to extend the deadline for its discounted room rates to Friday 19th August – a full week beyond the 12th August we announced recently. After the 19th August Congress participants will not receive the discounted rate and may run the risk of the hotel not having rooms available. Don't forget that to get the IIC discounted room rate, you should mention that you are attending IIC 2016 Los Angeles Congress or use group code 1609IICHAW. Please note that this is a separate booking system not under control of IIC; any queries or changes should be made direct to the hotel.

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Welcome to the August issue of NiC. We have been in ‘countdown mode’ for the past few weeks and now that the date of the IIC Los Angeles Congress is finally approaching we hope many of you will join us in what promises to be an amazing event. In order to wet your appetite, IIC met and interviewed Jamie Goldblatt Manné, Director of the Marciano Art Foundation, and conservator Tatyana Thompson to talk about the Marciano Museum of Contemporary Art, one of the venues participants will be able...

Carol Mancusi-Ungaro, Melva Bucksbaum Associate Director for Conservation and Research at the Whitney Museum of American Art, has been awarded the biennial Forbes Prize for conspicuous services to Conservation by the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, its highest honour. Carol Mancusi-Ungaro is the twenty-fourth recipient of the Prize. The Forbes Prize, which includes delivering a lecture, will be delivered and presented at the 2016 IIC Congress (22nd to 16th September 2016) in Los Angeles ( see here for more details on the Congress).

We are delighted to be announce that the full programme of paper presentations at the 2016 Los Angeles Congress - Saving the Now: Crossing Boundaries to Conserve Contemporary Works is now on the IIC web-site . Now you can check what is being presented on which day! Please go to the Congress Programme pages to see more!

To whet your appetite for the innovative and cutting-edge topics to be aired here are some sample papers and posters from the Technical Programme:

IIC members will have now received, or will receive shortly, their membership renewal notices.

Don't forget that you can also use the IIC web-site to renew: follow the Renewal instructions on the right hand side of the front page (if you use the paper form to renew please do not renew on the web-site as well.)

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