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October 2008

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Forum on Managing Urbanization and Conservation in the Angkor Region

This roundtable forum, organized by the GCI, will include urban experts from Europe, Asia, and North America, as well as members of APSARA (Authority for the Protection and Management of Angkor and the Region of Siem Reap) and other Cambodian organizations. The forum will take place October 26–29, 2008 in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Learn more about this roundtable.

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Cultural heritage and urban development in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Photo: Jeff Cody
Symposium on Panel Paintings

This two-day symposium—Facing the Challenges of Panel Paintings Conservation: Trends, Treatments and Training—will take place May 17–18, 2009 at the Getty Center. It will highlight recent developments in panel paintings research, conservation strategies, and specific treatment projects, as well as related exhibition issues.

Learn more about the Panel Paintings Initiative and the symposium.

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Lady Playing a Lute (detail), Bartolomeo Veneto and Workshop, Italian, about 1530, Oil on panel, The J. Paul Getty Museum
Historic Urban Areas Survey

The GCI's work with the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) recognizes the myriad of issues facing historic urban settlements and their conservation. Current research aims to capture the most urgent, prevalent, and pervasive problems in order to identify where best to target the GCI's efforts in this challenging area of heritage conservation.

The GCI invites professionals working in this topic area to help identify these issues by participating in our online survey from October 1–31, 2008.

Take the survey here.

Learn more about the GCI's work with the OWHC.

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Street view, Quito, Ecuador. Photo: Jeff Cody
ARIS09—Architectural Records and Information Systems for Conservation

Organized by the GCI and ICCROM, this course will focus on architectural records, inventories, and information systems for the conservation of cultural heritage and will address the needs, methodology, and techniques for acquiring and using this knowledge. It will be held September 2–October 2, 2009 at ICCROM in Rome.

Learn more about ARIS09.

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ARIS07 course participants recording conditions of the 18th-century wall paintings in Santa Cecilia in Rome. Photo: Rand Eppich
Museum Lighting Research Demonstration Project at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

During summer 2008, work began on creating filters for existing track lighting at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This work is coupled with a light sensitivity assessment of selected artifacts in the collection, as well as of most of O'Keeffe's surviving pastel sticks, using a microfading tester designed by Paul Whitmore at Carnegie Mellon University.

Learn more about the demonstration project and Museum Lighting Research.

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A microfading tester is used to measure the amount of light needed to fade an object. Photo: Jim Druzik
Workshop on Rock Art Site Management, Presentation, and Interpretation

This workshop, the fourth in an annual series, was held August 18–September 4, 2008 at the World Heritage Site, Mapungubwe National Park, South Africa, and attended by provincial and national parks staff from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Zambia. The workshop was organized as part of the Southern African Rock Art Project, a collaboration between the GCI, South African National Parks (SANParks), the Rock Art Research Institute (RARI), and the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA).

Learn more about the Southern African Rock Art Project.

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Participants learning methods for recording rock art sites at Mapungubwe National Park, a World Heritage Site. Photo: David Myers

P U B L I C A T I O N S,   V I D E O S,   A N D   A U D I O

The Craftsman Revealed: Adrien de Vries, Sculptor in Bronze
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Jane Bassett, with contributions by Peggy Fogelman, David A. Scott, and Ronald C. Schmidtling

This volume presents the results of the technical study of twenty-five bronzes by De Vries and includes information on the artist's background, technical methodologies, and methods and materials used to create the sculptures.

Learn more and order online.

Conservation, The GCI Newsletter, Vol. 23, No. 2, 2008
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This special issue focuses on management and conservation on the Theban West Bank in Egypt, and includes an overview of conservation and site management in Egypt by Zahi Hawass, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

Read this issue online.

New Conservation Titles in the Research Library
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The Information Center at the Getty Conservation Institute. Photo: Dennis Keeley

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

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

Video on Asian Organic Colorants
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Painted plaster coupon prepared at the Dunhuang Academy in China. Photo: Cecily Grzywacz

This seven-minute Web video depicts the GCI's Asian Organic Colorants project, a scientific research project analyzing organic colorants used as textile dyes and organic pigments in Asia. The project grows out of previous GCI work at the Mogao Grottoes in China.

Watch the video online.

Learn more about the Asian Organic Colorants project.

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