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Cleaning of Acrylic Painted Surfaces (CAPS)

July 18–21, 2017
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany

Applications for CAPS 2017 are now available. The objectives of the workshop are to communicate the results of recent scientific research and new developments in conservation practice; stimulate a dialogue between researchers and conservators about the application of new research and technical insights to the conservation; develop critical thinking skills that will help participants design project-specific cleaning systems in their own labs; and identify areas where further research is needed.

Find out more and apply online. The application deadline is March 24, 2017.


Twentieth-Century Color Photographs: Contemporary Practice, Identification, and Preservation

August 7–11, 2017
The Getty Villa

We are pleased to announce the second workshop in the annual series Current Issues in Photograph Conservation. This workshop aims to provide participants with the theoretical and practical basis to identify silver halide based color photographic processes; recognize and understand the needs of these photographic materials; prioritize the conservation needs within their collections; communicate with institutional colleagues on collection priorities; and decide on and perform conservation treatments on these materials if necessary.

Find out more and apply online. The application deadline is February 27, 2017.



Refashioning and Redress: Conserving and Displaying Dress

Edited by Mary M. Brooks and Dinah D. Eastop

This volume explores the conservation and presentation of dress in museums and beyond as a complex, collaborative process. The seventeen case studies reflect a broad practice, exposing changing approaches and actions at different times and in different places. From the practical to the conceptual, these contributions draw upon diverse disciplines, ranging from dress history to social history, material cultural studies to fashion studies, and conservation to museology.

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The Restoration of Paintings in Paris, 1750–1815: Practice, Discourse, Materiality

By Noémie Étienne

The decades following the 1973 publication of Alessandro Conti's Storia del Restauro have seen considerable scholarly interest in the development of restoration in France in the second half of the eighteenth century. A number of technical treatises and biographies of restorers have offered insight into restoration practice. This publication is the first book to situate this work within the broader historical and philosophical contexts of the time and provides a valuable new framework for conservators, conservation scientists, and art historians working with paintings from this period.

Purchase this publication.

Research Resources


AATA Update

AATA Online's recent quarterly update added 1,048 new abstracts of literature related to the preservation and conservation of material cultural heritage. To date, AATA Online has published over 139,675 records, including selected subject-specific bibliographies produced as part of GCI's own conservation and scientific research projects and collaborative projects in which the Institute is involved.

Visit and explore AATA Online. Find our more about the Database Conservators Built.


From the Archives: Tomb of Nefertari

The Tomb of Nefertari project records consist of files from the GCI's collaboration with the Supreme Council of Antiquities (formerly the Egyptian Antiquities Organization) to conserve the wall paintings in the tomb of Nefertari in the Valley of the Queens, in Luxor, Egypt. Records date from 1984 to 1996 and document project planning, condition assessments, scientific analyses, conservation treatment, environmental monitoring, graphic documentation, site protection planning, and conservation training.

Browse the finding aid.


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.

Read the list of recently acquired titles online.

Other News


Conservation Guest Scholars

We welcome three new Conservation Guest Scholars to the GCI. Sanchita Balachandran of the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum, independant scholar Hossam Mahmoud Mahdy, and Christina Wallace from the Presidio Trust.


Senior Scientist, Modern and Contemporary Art Research Initiative

We are accepting applications for the GCI senior scientist position until February 28. Areas of focus for this position include modern paints, plastics, and outdoor sculpture. The successful candidate must have a PhD in one of the physical sciences (chemistry, physics, engineering, biochemistry) and 10-15 years of scientific research experience, with experience in the field of heritage conservation, including demonstrated experience managing scientific research projects.

Find out more and apply online.


GCI Staff Honored

Congratulations to our colleague, Tom Learner, head of science at the GCI, who is the 2017 recipient of the College Art Association/American Institute for Conservation Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Conservation.


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