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The Conservation of Outdoor Contemporary Murals
From the beginning of the 20th century, murals have had a significant presence in the architecture of the Americas. In the second half of the 20th century, social change, political activism, and the rise of the Chicano mural movement generated new impetus for murals in the United States. Through redevelopment programs, percent-for-art initiatives, and youth training programs, such funding has led to an explosion of public art in cities and towns across America, and a vast number of exterior murals have been created. Today, as these murals age, many require conservation treatment if they are to survive.

Preserving Art in Public Places: A Discussion about Mural Painting and Conservation
Art historian Leonard Folgarait, attorney Ann Garfinkle, artist Wayne Healy, and conservator Will Shank offer their perspectives on the creation, significance, and conservation of modern outdoor murals in a conversation with the GCI's Leslie Rainer and Jeffrey Levin.

The Painted Murals of Cambridge: Maintaining the City's Collection
Like many public art agencies, the Cambridge Arts Council, in its early years, conserved its artworks on an ad hoc basis. Without a comprehensive view of the collection, some pieces were restored, while others—perhaps more important but lesser-known works—fell apart. As the collection grew and aged, the problems became too demanding for only occasional care, and the Arts Council was forced to look for a consistent and sustainable approach. This led to the establishment of a conservation and maintenance program in 1996.

Mural Painting and Conservation in the Americas: A Symposium
In many respects, murals are an archetypal form of 20th-century art, constituting an important historical record and valued not only as a means of artistic expression but also as a representation of the social and political concerns of individuals and communities. In recognition of the significance of 20th-century mural painting, the Getty Research Institute and the Getty Conservation Institute cosponsored a spring 2003 symposium devoted to current research and practice in art history and conservation of 20th-century mural painting in the Americas.

GCI News: Projects, Events, Publications and Staff
Updates on Getty Conservation Institute projects, events, publications, and staff.

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