Preservation

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Last week, Cathy and I made a super speedy trip to NYC to meet with Joe Dezzi at Conservation Framing Services to talk about framing a group of 36 Inuit prints.  The prints are from the 2009 Dorset Fine Arts annual collection and mark the 50th anniversary of the print shop in Cape Dorset.  The prints will be exhibited at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. this summer.

Joe helped us choose frame stock and determine the size of the mats — important details!

Here are a few photos of the very organized frameshop!

The 2009 fall semester begins with an exhibition of prints by Sister Corita Kent from August 19 to October 24.  Dianne Drayse from Ogdensburg Free Academy will be doing curriculum development, and she pointed me to a few videos on YouTube including this one by Aaron Rose, an independent curator from L.A.  He organized an exhibition of Sister Corita’s work called Passion for the Possible, which was on display in Berlin in 2008.  In the video, he talks about some of the similarities between Corita’s work and the work of graffiti artists, then and now–all of whom he thinks were/are social outsiders in one way or another.  Check it out!

This past week, Brandeis announced its intention to close the Rose Art Museum and sell its entire collection of art objects and artifacts.  The American Association of Museums, the College Art Association, and the Association of College and University Museums and Galleries have responded with statements protesting this decision.  You can also read more at the Culture Grrl blog.

Across the nation, Americans are saving newspapers, posters, buttons, and bumper stickers to commemorate the historic election and inauguration of Barack Obama, America’s first African American president. Anne-Imelda M. Radice, Director of the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), encourages citizen-collectors to make sure that their presidential inauguration collections will be preserved long into the future.

“The election day newspaper – cared for properly — will still be there years from now to remind us and future generations of this singular moment in American history,” Radice said. “This is a great time to raise awareness of the need to protect election and inauguration-related items from common threats such as high temperature, humidity, and light exposure.”

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