Collaborating with the conservators, the Conservation Framing and Display Department designs framing packages and displays to provide the best and most attractive housing for your piece. 

The manner in which a work of art is mounted and framed has tremendous effect on both its long-term preservation and the way the art is perceived. The expert staff in the Conservation Framing and Display Department use archival materials and museum-standard techniques to ensure proper protection of your piece. The department also works with the client to specially design frames and framing packages to enhance the overall aesthetic of the artwork.

A large percentage of items at The Center require treatment due to poor framing techniques and materials. As the field of framing has developed and advanced, the materials and techniques of the craft have changed. The Center has been at the forefront of these new developments and constantly researches new methodologies to best house and protect your pieces. 

Framing consultations are available upon request.  Please contact Client Services to schedule an appointment.

Frame by Frame: Chagall Installation

Treatment Gallery

stories related to framing and display:

video: put a hinge on it!

The important process of framing and hanging fine art is often an overlooked one. But once the craft and results are perfected, and a piece is not only mounted, framed, but also hung properly, it can make a world of difference. Posted here is a video of our senior paper conservator prepping a gorgeous Lichtenstein print with hinges before it is to be mounted in a mat and framed. Hinging is defined as securing an artwork into a mat. We do this without applying an adhesive or tapes directly to the piece. The Conservation Center specializes in museum-quality, custom-framing work—our hinges are completely reversible and won’t cause damage to the artwork like other types of hinging can.

not a walk in the park: creating a safe case for jeff koons' balloon dog plate (red)

Jeff Koons’ Balloon Dog Plate (Red), recalls birthday parties and carnivals from childhood. The playful subject matter is in stark contrast with the appearance of a metallic medium. In actuality, the piece is made from porcelain with a specially designed metallic glaze, likely to resemble Koons’ 10 foot tall stainless steel Balloon Dog sculptures. An interesting and intriguing piece, its contradictory appearance and composition implores the viewer to touch the piece. The Conservation Center was recently tasked with creating a mount and display case for this 2000 edition Jeff Koons’ Balloon Dog Plate (Red). The piece is one of an edition of 2,300 Balloon Dog Plates. As the finish and structure of the piece is extremely fragile and sensitive, it is quite the task to handle the piece and design a mount to properly house the piece to ensure it is preserved and protected.