The Modern and Contemporary Art Research Initiative is a multifaceted, long-term venture focused on the many and varied conservation needs of modern and contemporary art. With the myriad of new materials and technologies being utilized by artists, the lack of established conservation treatments, and complex potential conflicts between an artist’s concept and the physical aging of works of art, conserving modern and contemporary art is widely recognized as having some of the most difficult and pressing challenges in the field. Read More

Modern Paints

Examining the conservation implications of synthetic paints

Preservation of Plastics

Studying the identification and behavior of plastic materials

Outdoor Sculpture

Assessing the conservation needs of outdoor sculpture

Art in L.A.

Study of materials and fabrication processes used by L.A.-based artists since the 1950s


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Last updated: October 2013