NECA and Dartmouth College Library Preservation are pleased to sponsor:
Ferrous Attractions – The Science Behind the Magic
Magnets in Conservation Workshop
Taught by Gwen Spicer, Conservator and AIC Fellow
Location: Dartmouth College Library Preservation Lab, Hanover, NH
Date: Friday, July 13, 2018 (10:00am – 4:30pm)
Price: $50 NECA members; $75 non-members (includes $25 NECA annual membership)
Deadline: Register by July 1, 2018
Please email Carolyn Frisa at email@example.com to reserve your spot and coordinate payment. NECA membership must be up-to-date to register for the workshop.
Instructor: Gwen Spicer, Principal of Spicer Art Conservation, LLC
Gwen is a Textile, Upholstery, Paper, and Objects Conservator, and full-time principal of Spicer Art Conservation, LLC, located in upstate New York. She received her Master’s degree from the Art Conservation Program at Buffalo State College, State University of New York. She has over twenty-five years of experience, is a Fellow of AIC, and has been in private practice since 1995. She has assisted many museums, institutions and private collectors with the treatment of artifacts and antiquities for both display and storage. Gwen is an AIC Kress Publication Fellowship recipient and is currently writing her first book, “Magnetic Mounting for Art Conservation and Museums”. The book will be a practical guide for understanding magnetic systems and will assist both conservators and museum professionals in the creation of magnetic mounts.
Limit 20 participants. A list of recommended lodging, restaurants, and thing to do in the Upper Valley Region will be provided following registration. A limited number of free rooms with local conservators may be available.
How to fasten or secure an artifact has long been a focus of art conservators in all specialties. We have stitched, glued and adhered items for decades, and with each method, the attempt was always to keep the conservation as reversible as possible. The somewhat recent development of strong, permanent, rare earth magnets has enabled them to be used as a reversible fastener. Neodymium rare earth magnets are far stronger than earlier permanent magnets and have only truly entered the market since 1990. They have great potential as a new tool for conservators.
Could there really be a truly reversible tool that would not harm or create holes that we could use? Before these new magnets can be part of our future, a fuller understanding of how they work is needed. Moreover, a system needs to be developed to determine precisely which attributes a magnet should have for a specific project. Discussion will include: What makes a magnet “permanent”, when were they developed, and how magnets differ from one another (i.e. the various types and their unique materials and properties).
The use of magnets in the past has caused damage, slowing their use among some. However, with a full understanding of how a magnetic system is created and can be adapted, damage can be prevented. To demonstrate a magnetic system and its parts, participants will use a “jig” with various combinations of magnets and metal components. They will also explore the different methods of implementing a magnetic system and the strength of commonly available magnets. Time will be allowed for participants to test a range of magnetic systems and materials with small discussions after before the next one.
This hands-on experience can inspire conservators to adapt a magnetic system to mount any specific artifact. The material will be presented in a hands-on instructional format. Handouts will be provided.
1. What are permanent magnets and the four types of magnetic systems
2. Learn the parts of a magnetic system and how they inter-react
3. How to adapt the parts of a system to best suit your artifact
4. How to record the parts of the system
5. Where to place the magnets and the ferromagnetic part
6. How to properly store your magnets
Conservation Tour of Life, Death, and Revelry Exhibition | Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Please join us for a special conservation tour of the Gardner Museum’s exhibition Life, Death & Revelry. Conservators Holly Salmon, Jess Chloros and Ellen Promise will discuss their work and the discoveries they made while analyzing and treating the 7,500 lb marble Farnese Sarcophagus, 225 AD. They will highlight the restoration history of the Farnese Sarcophagus as well as discoveries of ancient pigment and gilding and the multiple cleaning techniques they used from water to two different types of laser cleaners.
August 2, 2018, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Participants should RSVP to Jess Chloros at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 26, 2018 (limited to 20 people).
NECA Annual Regional Intern/Fellow Presentations
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Education Studio
25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115
Refreshments at 5:30 pm
Presentations from 6:15 – 8:00 pm
From 220v to 110v and Back Again: 7 Illuminated Hotel Signs from the MoMA Collection
Joy Bloser, NYU Graduate Intern, Sculpture Conservation
The Museum of Modern Art
All That Glitters is Not Gold (Or Silver): Technical Analysis and Treatment of Two Gilt Leather-Upholstered Sgabelli from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Sarah Towers, Objects and Paintings Conservation Technician
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
The Many Faces of Conservation: the Treatment of a Mixed Media Mural at the Salem National Historic Site
Sarah Freshnock, Pre-Program Intern, Paper Conservation Lab
National Park Service Historic Architecture, Conservation, and Engineering Center
Creative Technique and Curious Media in a Post-War German Painting
Anne Schaffer, Paintings Conservation Fellow
Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, Harvard Art Museums