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June 2012

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Herculaneum Project
GCI team member documenting a wall painting in the Casa del Bicentenario. Photo: Emily MacDonald-Korth

In May 2012, the GCI team conducted condition recording and treatment trials on wall paintings in the Casa del Bicentenario at Herculaneum.

Learn more about the Herculaneum Project.

Conservation of América Tropical
Mural detail
Protective canopy is lowered into place. Photo: Stacey Rain Strickler

On April 24, 2012, with the installation of a protective canopy, a major milestone was reached in the GCI's project with the City of Los Angeles to protect, conserve, and present América Tropical, a mural by David Alfaro Siqueiros. The canopy is part of a new shelter that will shield the mural from direct exposure to sun and rain. A roll down screen will also be installed to protect the mural when it is not open for public viewing.

Read more about the canopy installation on the Getty blog The Iris.

Watch a video of the installation.

Symposium
The Siqueiros Legacy: Challenges of Conserving the Artist's Monumental Murals
Detail of the mural
A detail of América Tropical by David Alfaro Siqueiros.

International speakers will present different aspects of conservation, transportation, installation, and presentation associated with some of Siqueiros's most important murals in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Southern California.

This free symposium will take place at the Getty Center on October 16 and 17, 2012.

Find out more information and reserve your place in advance.

Built Heritage in Southeast Asia: Conservation Education and Training Initiative
Historic Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
Historic Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia. Photo: Scott S. Warren

From April 30 to May 11, 2012, the GCI, in collaboration with Badan Warisan and Think City, carried out an urban conservation workshop for planning professionals in the World Heritage City of Penang, Malaysia.

Learn more about this initiative.

Approaches to Conserving Modern Architecture in the USA
Public panel discussion
Crown Hall, Illinois Institute of Technology, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, 1956. Photo: Gail Ostergren

Thursday, June 7, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

Join a panel of professionals working in the field of historic preservation as they examine new approaches that look to balance design and conversation principles in the rehabilitation of modern architecture.

Find out more about this free event and make a reservation online.

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Lucio Fontana
The Artist's Materials

By Pia Gottschaller

Lucio Fontana (1899–1968) is widely regarded as one of the most influential and innovative post-World War II Italian artists. This richly illustrated book, the third in the Getty Conservation Institute's Artist's Materials series, presents the first technical study in English of this important painter.

Purchase the book online at the Getty Museum Store.

GCI publication
GCI Publications Available in PDF: Recently Added

The Conservation of Tapestries and Embroideries

The fifteen papers in this volume focus on conservation treatments of western European tapestries and ecclesiastical embroideries, mostly from the Renaissance period.

PDF publication

Previously available as a PDF only in English, Building an Emergency Plan: A Guide for Museums and Other Cultural Institutions, is now available in French and Spanish.

Établir un plan d'urgence: Guide pour les musées et autres établissements culturels


Creación de un plan de emergencia: Guía para museos y otras instituciones culturales

PDF publication in French and Spanish
Conservation Perspectives, The GCI Newsletter: Photograph Conservation

The spring 2012 edition examines challenges in the conservation of photographs, both chemical and digital.

Read this issue online.

GCI newsletter
Video of Panel Discussion
Out in the Open: Conservation Challenges of Outdoor Public Art

On May 15, 2012, Rachel Rivenc, assistant scientist at the GCI, led a panel discussion that explored issues related to the management and conservation of outdoor artwork with professionals charged with the care of public art collections. Topics included the physical environment, vandalism, funding, and public awareness .

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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