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  The Kunsthaus Graz, constructed in the historic center of Graz, Austria in 2003. iStockphoto

Minding the Gap:The Role of Historic Architecture in an Urban Environment

May 21, 2013

This symposium will explore the role of contemporary architecture in the historic urban environment. Five international architects and urban planners will present their own work, illustrating a range of approaches to this challenge. The symposium will conclude with an evening panel discussion moderated by architectural critic Paul Goldberger. Registration opens February 19, 2013.

Find out more about this symposium.

  Peter Henry Emerson, Gathering Water-Lilies, 1886 Platinum print, J. Paul Getty Museum.

Workshop Registration Deadline Extended
Conservation Strategies for Humidity and Water-Damaged Photographic Materials

Due to technical difficulties with the online application submission process, the registration deadline for this workshop has been extended until February 25, 2013.

This workshop is the first of a new GCI series of advanced level workshops that will focus on the understanding and treatment of specific types of damage and deterioration occurring to photographs. The workshop will take place July 15-26, 2013, at the Croatian State Archives in Zagreb.

Find out more about the workshop and apply online.

  2012 Lacquers Workshop October 2012 workshop at the GCI.

Recent Advances in Characterizing Asian Lacquer: 2013 Workshop

Building on a successful first workshop on Asian Lacquer in October 2012, the GCI—with the J. Paul Getty Museum—and in a new partnership with the Yale Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage is offering a second workshop for scientists and conservators to be held July 15-19, 2013, at Yale University. The application deadline is April 5, 2013.

Find out more about the workshop and apply online.

Visualization of unique molecular-fingerprints of pollutants. Courtesy Prof. Suslick, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

National Science Foundation Award

GCI scientist Michael Schilling is a co-principal investigator on a research project recently funded by the National Science Foundation to develop and test an optoelectronic nose to monitor pollutants in a museum environment. This work will be conducted within the framework of GCI's Managing Collection Environments Initiative.

Find out more about the NSF award.

Find out more about the Managing Collection Environments Initiative.

  GCI Guest Scholars GCI scholars (left to right) N. Jackson, K. Kristianova, and D. Sale. Photo: Scott S. Warren

Conservation Guest Scholars

The GCI welcomes three new guest scholars. Donald Sale—formerly the preventive conservation manager at the Royal Pavilion and Museums in Brighton, England—has been at the GCI since fall 2012. He has been joined by Neil Jackson, professor of architecture at the University of Liverpool in England, and Katarina Kristianova, professor at the Slovak University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture in Bratislava. All three will be in residence at the GCI through March 2013.

Find out more about their research projects while in residence at the GCI.

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Archaeological Sites: Conservation and Management

Edited by Sharon Sullivan and Richard Mackay

This fifth volume to appear in the GCI's Readings in Conservation series covers a broad spectrum of site types, geographic locations, cultural contexts, and methodological approaches and techniques. Divided into five parts, this volume focuses on historical methods, concepts, and issues; conserving the archaeological resource; the physical conservation of archaeological sites; the cultural values of archaeological sites; and site management.

Purchase this publication online.

GCI Publications Available in PDF: Recently Added

Between Two Earthquakes: The Management of Cultural Property in Seismic Zones

By Sir Bernard M. Feilden

This handbook addresses three areas of concern for the museum administrator concerning the protection of historic buildings, monuments, and archaeological sites located in seismic areas. Also available in Spanish as a PDF.

Download the PDF.

The PDF Publications section of the GCI website has a new look designed to make it easier to see the complete selection of the more than 100 free full-text publications currently available.

Symposium Videos
The Siqueiros Legacy: Challenges of Conserving the Artist's Monumental Murals

Videos from the October 16-17, 2012, symposium at the Getty are now available for viewing. The presentations feature a group of international speakers on many different aspects of conservation, transportation, installation, and presentation associated with some of Siqueiros's most important murals in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and California.

Watch the symposium videos online.

Public Program Video
Yale Center for British Art by Louis I. Kahn: A Conservation Plan

On January 17, 2013, Peter Inskip and Stephen Gee, consulting conservation architects from the London-based firm of Peter Inskip + Peter Jenkins Architects Ltd, joined Constance Clement, deputy director, Yale Center for British Art, for a conversation about their work and experience in the development of the conservation plan for the Yale Center.

Watch the video online.

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 the library's interlibrary loan service.

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

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American Ceramics Society

GCI scientist Marc Walton has been recently elected vice-chair of the Art, Archaeology & Conservation Science Division of the American Ceramics Society.


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