Closing Reception: Last farewells till we meet in Torino, Italy in 2018!

Closing receptions are always so bitter sweet, but seeing the energy level of the attendees and their exchanges with one another was encouraging. The hors d’oeuvres were a delight, with an array of grilled veggies, shrimp, and beautifully decorated finger foods; some of which were works of art in themselves! The cocktail line was a little long as everyone stood with drink tickets in hand, ready to start celebrating the end of a busy and fun-filled week of activities and receptions. James Bernstein, a Paintings Conservator from San Francisco, was the shutterbug taking everyone's pictures before they left catch their flights home. Many of the attendees have already begun sharing their photographs and experiences through Twitter using the '#IIC2016' hashtag (check it out for a fantastic summary). A big ‘thank you’ to IIC Delegates Jane Henderson and Tanya Nakamoto for pulling the memories together on Storify! Check out their summary of the IIC Congress - Saving the Now: Crossing Boundaries to Conserve Contemporary Works - https://storify.com/SamandTanya/iic-2016.

It was a week of engaging talks, tours, and discussions on the conservation of contemporary art with cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural connections. As I wrapped up my time in Los Angeles my thoughts shifted to the future and our next biennial congress which will be held in Torine, Italy in 2018, where I hope to see many familiar and new faces! Till then - a presto!

Post by: Amber Kerr