The Conservation Center specializes in restoring art, antiques, and heirlooms after they have been exposed to traumatic situations such as fires, floods, and natural disasters.
When a piece is exposed to water or high humidity conservators will look for issues with mold, staining and tide lines, or waviness and distortion. Often conservators must act immediately and triage the piece in order to prevent further damage and degradation.
Wardrobe. Mies Van Der Rohe. Teak.
Wall Relief. Paint on Plaster with Steel Support.
While condition issues with fire damaged pieces are frequently structural, conservators are also concerned with exposure to acidic soot, residual smoke odor, and water damage from emergency response.
Foo Dog. Bronze.
Diorama of the Last Supper. Wood and Metal.
When living with your art, accidents can result in impact damage which can compromise the structure of an object and cause surface abrasions. Additionally, broken glass can puncture or tear a painting or work on paper.