The Chicago Conservation Center Disaster Response Team has been diligently working in the flooded regions of Iowa to assist museums, corporate collections, and private collectors respond to fine art and cultural property damages. Please see the articles below for more information.
Repairing Art Damaged By Natural Disasters
By JOEL HENNING
August 12, 2008; Page D7
Reprinted from The Wall Street Journal © 2008 Dow Jones & Company. All rights reserved.
Water from the Iowa River was rapidly creeping up the walls of the University of Iowa’s Museum of Art during June’s floods. Ann Kennedy Haag of the Chicago Conservation Center was masked in a respirator to protect her from highly toxic black mold. She was holding one of the works of art that she and her colleagues, along with museum staff and volunteers, were attempting to rescue. Then the power went out, as it did repeatedly while they struggled to get the remaining art out of there. “We had to freeze and just stand there holding the pieces until the power came back on, which often took several minutes.”
Additional Articles and PDFs
The Gazette Online – “SALVAGING COLLECTIONS IS ‘LIKE A HIDDEN TREASURE’”, August 4, 2008. (PDF)
The Prague Post – “IOWA FLOODS HIT CZECH/SLOVAK MUSEUM”, 6/25/08 (PDF)
All Things Considered, National Public Radio - “CEDAR RAPIDS MUSEUM RECOVERS FROM FLOODS”, 6/24/08 (Link to NPR website with podcast)
KCRG TV9 – “STATUS OF NCSML COLLECTIONS BETTER THAN EXPECTED”, 6/23/08 (PDF)
Chicago Tribune – “A RAVAGED CITY DIGS FOR ITS LIFE”, 6/22/08 (PDF)
The Cedar Rapids Gazette -“RADIO PRAGUE REPORTS ON DAMAGED CZECH MUSEUM”, 6/22/08 (PDF)