Here at The Center, we are always eager to study new methods of treating objects and learn about advancements in the field. That is why we were honored to host the Chicago Area Conservation Group’s Gellan Gum Mini-Workshop on March 13th. The Chicago Area Conservation Group (CACG) is a local group whose purpose is to promote learning and exchange ideas among those interested in or responsible for the preservation of artwork and archives of all kinds.
On November 13th, I gave a presentation on disaster preparedness at the Association of Registrars and Collection Specialists (ARCS) conference in New Orleans. The audience included nearly 700 museum registrars, collection managers, conservators, consultants, appraisers, and art shippers.
The bitter cold of February was not enough to keep the crowds away from Packer Schopf Gallery in Chicago's West Loop area on a recent Friday night as more than 200 art enthusiasts turned out for the opening of ALTEREGOS, The Conservation Center’s first employee art exhibition. The scene was hip and welcoming as friends, family, guests, and artists alike sipped wine, chatted, and took in the 30 works of art created by 15 of our immensely talented staff members. As the evening progressed, the mood began shifting from an excited anticipation to a more relaxed and fun atmosphere. Besides the success of the great turnout, it was a unique experience for The Center's staff to interact, come together, and be given the chance to enjoy each other’s creativity.
The January-like frigid temps in November didn't keep guests away from The Conservation Center's third annual open house, held last Friday, November 14, from 3:00-7:00pm. More than 150 guests—ranging from The Center's advisory board members, to top clients, to friends and family—stopped by our West Town home for drinks, nibbles, and tour of the conservation studios. Conservators from every department were also at their respective stations discussing their latest projects. For those of you who did not get a chance to join us, fear not: here's a pictorial recap of our event last week.
High art! Celebrities! Clinking glasses! EXPO CHICAGO/2014’s Vernissage on September 18 was the bash of the year, with The Conservation Center in the middle of all the action. Joining forces with The Chicago Network (TCN)—an organization of Chicago's most distinguished professional women—we hosted a special champagne toast that attracted more than 50 guests. The Center’s Pop-Up Conservation Lab served as a wonderful location for the occasion. Architect Jeanne Gang (TCN member 2006) remarked on the concept behind her layout of EXPO CHICAGO, and CEO Heather Becker (TCN member 2004) outlined The Center’s commitment in the art world. A special cheers to Kate Bensen, TCN’s President and CEO, for this wonderful celebration!
More than 150 esteemed guests filled Springfield Art Association’s M.G. Nelson Family Gallery on February 11—one day before Lincoln’s Birthday—to unveil the Lincoln “Courting Couch,” which was newly restored by The Conservation Center. Erika Holst, Springfield Art Association’s Curator of Collections, gave a lively presentation of the loveseat’s history before guests got up close and personal with the sofa that sparked romance between Abraham and Mary Todd.
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The Conservation Center team was on call during EXPO CHICAGO weekend (September 19-23) to assist dealers with unexpected art or framing emergencies during the fair. Our educational booth this year--which featured a magnificent Ellsworth Kelly work on paper and an eye-catching James Rosenquist painting, both generously lent to us by private collectors--brought in many of our old friends along with new audiences. See you next year, EXPO CHICAGO!
The Conservation Center's private reception on September 12 welcomed such esteemed guests as Roxanne Decyk, Christie Hefner, Richard Hunt, Tony Karman, Steve Koch, Arlene Semel, and Joan Steel to help celebrate our three decades of achievements. We'd like to thank all who attended and made our event a huge success!