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GCI Honored by US/ICOMOS

In November in Washington DC, the U.S. National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites honored the GCI with its 2011 US/ICOMOS Ann Webster Smith Award for International Heritage Achievement, which recognizes extraordinary and sustained achievement in making the United States “a respected partner and trustworthy pillar to support the conservation of cultural heritage in all corners of the world.”

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  Guidlines for Museum Lighting

Guidelines for Selecting Solid-State Lighting for Museum Use

The GCI is pleased to make available the guidelines prepared by James Druzik, GCI Senior Scientist and Stefan Michalski, Senior Conservation Scientist, Canadian Conservation Institute(CCI), for a lighting workshop conducted at the CCI in the summer of 2011.

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Find out more about Museum Lighting Research at the GCI.

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Jean Paul Riopelle: The Artist's Materials

By Marie-Claude Corbeil, Kate Helwig, and Jennifer Poulin

This volume, the second in the GCI's new Artist's Materials series, grew out of a research project of the Canadian Conservation Institute. Initial chapters present an overview of Riopelle's life and situate his work within the context of twentieth-century art. Subsequent chapters address Riopelle's materials and techniques, focusing on his oil paintings and mixed media works, and on conservation issues.

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Recording, Documentation, and Information Management for the Conservation of Heritage Places

Guiding Principles (Volume 1) and Illustrated Examples (Volume 2), co-published in partnership with Donhead Publishing, Ltd., U.K.

This two-volume set is designed to provide cultural heritage professionals with an overview of best practices and tools in the recording and management of heritage information. A helpful index and five new case studies have been added to this revised reprint of the books, originally published by the GCI in 2007.

Now available for purchase from Donhead Publishing.

Conservation Perspectives The GCI Newsletter: Historic Cities

The fall 2011 issue provides a framework for understanding threats facing historic urban places and offers ideas and solutions for sustaining their existence and vitality.

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Video: An Evening with De Wain Valentine

This conversation between the artist, and GCI Senior Scientist Tom Learner explores the production, conservation, and display challenges that surround Valentine's work.

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Find out more about the making of Valentine's Gray Column, in this video created for the GCI exhibition From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine's “Gray Column.”

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Video: Outdoor Painted Sculpture

This video looks at the conservation challenges associated with outdoor painted sculptures, with a special focus on the restoration of Roy Lichtenstein's Three Brushstrokes.

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Newly Acquired Titles

Recently acquired titles in the Conservation Collection in the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute are available to readers on site at the Getty Center. Some materials are available through your library's interlibrary loan service.

Access the list of recently acquired titles from the GCI Information Center page.

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