As illustrated by this sign outside the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. (USA), the 35-day government shutdown took a far-reaching toll on not only government employees and contractors but on national and foreign visitors as well.
Emily MacDonald-Korth interviewed by Sharra Grow
Emily MacDonald-Korth, president and chief conservator-analyst at Longevity Art Preservation (based in Miami, Florida, USA) recently discovered previously hidden elements on an important Jean-Michel Basquiat painting. Through a Q&A with editor Sharra Grow, Emily tells NiC readers the whole story.
Q: How did you discover the hidden elements in Basquiat’s painting? Tell us the story of how it happened.
By Marina Gabriel
ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives is an international, collaborative effort founded to respond to the destruction of cultural heritage in Syria, Iraq, and Libya. Since 2014, ASOR CHI has produced over 2,000 reports on the cultural situation, inventoried 16,000 sites, conducted 13,000 satellite assessments, and compiled 17,000 archived media entries on cultural heritage incidents and assets.
By Beatriz Haspo and Amparo Rueda
In 2019 we are celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Association for Heritage Preservation of the Americas, APOYOnline (formerly APOYO). Our organization has grown from a handful of visionary volunteers to a formidable entity that unites thousands of professionals.
Linked Conservation Data is a new project funded by the UK’s Arts & Humanities Research Council on **Conservation Documentation**. It establishes a Network to improve the dissemination of conservation records and increase the capacity of the profession for sharing observations and learning from each other's practice. We welcome participation from individuals engaged in the conservation and preservation of cultural heritage in all Network activities including webinars, workshops, and calls. All activities will be open.
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By Gaël de Guichen
In the 1980s, when the term “preventive conservation” started to be used more widely, for a large majority of professionals preventive conservation focused mainly on light and climate control, as illustrated by Garry Thomson’s book The Museum Environment.
Review by Austin Nevin
From 16-18 September 2018 the Palace Museum in Beijing hosted the third annual Taihe Forum on Protecting the World's Ancient Civilisations, bringing together experts and scholars from China, Egypt, India, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Italy, Germany Greece, Lebanon, Mexico and Syria. The three-day forum was co-organised by the Museum, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Review by Rosanna Kuon
APOYOnline - Association for Heritage Preservation of the Americas, is a non-profit organization that promotes professional development in the field of heritage preservation in Portuguese and Spanish speaking countries and cultures in the Americas. APOYOnline organized the 2nd Regional Conference and Workshops on Heritage Preservation, held in Antigua, Guatemala, from October 2nd to 5th in 2018 (the 1st Regional Conference was held in Medellin, Colombia).
By Melissa King
Thanks in part to the generous award from the Brommelle Memorial Fund, I was able to travel to Turin, Italy in early September to attend the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC) 27th Biennial Congress—my first international conference. Having studied in Italy as an undergraduate student, I was elated to return to the country and embrace the culture, the arts, the language, and especially the food.
By Andrew Oddy
The death of Peter Van Geersdaele at the age of 85 has sadly removed the last of the team of conservators and specialist craftsmen who responded to a challenge that had left archaeologists daunted.