UCLA/Getty Conservation Program

A graduate conservation training program focusing on the conservation of archaeological and ethnographic materials


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Off to the Great White North-ANAGPIC 2018

Just as our students are returning from Spring Break and settling into the start of the spring quarter, they are also getting ready to head out to this year’s ANAGPIC conference.  This year the conference is hosted by Queen’s University and will take place this week, April 5th-7th.

At this year’s ANAGPIC conference,  we have 2 presentations in the main session, one from 2 first-year students, and the other from one of our third years.  We also have two first years presenting in the lightning round.  Make sure to check out the abstracts of their talks below.

It looks to be an exciting conference covering a wide range of materials and techniques.  Our students are really looking forward to hearing the presentations, meeting students from other programs and presenting their own work.

Good luck to all those presenting and we hope everyone has a great time at this year’s ANAGPIC conference!  (and we’ll be wishing some of our SoCal springtime weather their way!)

 

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Image of an ipu heke from the collection of the Connecting Cultures Mobile Museum.  Skyler Jenkins will be presenting her treatment of this object in this year’s lightning round session.


ANAPGIC 2018 Presentation Abstracts

Analytical Imaging, Visualization and Interpretation of a Byzantine Icon
Austin Anderson, Emily Rezes, Karime Castillo
Advisor: Dr. Ioanna Kakoulli

A Byzantine icon depicting a female saint against a gold background was examined noninvasively using analytical imaging. The construction of the icon shows the typical Byzantine tradition, composed of a wooden support with a white preparation layer applied directly on the wood, gilded, painted and varnished. For the analysis of the icon and to document the technique, condition and previous interventions at surface and subsurface, visible reflectance images using diffused light were initially taken using a DSLR Nikon D90. Imaging beyond the visible was supported by broadband reflectance and luminescence imaging at specific wavelengths from the ultraviolet region (~ 350 nm) to the near infrared region ( ~1000 nm) using a modified (with the hot mirror of the camera removed) Nikon D90. Illumination was provided by a Mini-CrimeScope (an alternate light source (ALS)). Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) was also undertaken to highlight topographic details of the surface. Results from the analytical imaging were able to resolve and unmask important information on the ID of the female figure, identified as Virgin Mary, and to reveal technical and condition details in areas of varnish, pigment, and white preparation. The visualization of incisions and stamped elements indicated an intricate preparation to delineate the iconography, whereas, the mapping of cracks, flaking and losses revealed the fragile nature and condition of the icon.

A Mask on the Move: Analysis and Treatment of an African Mask for Traveling Exhibition
Lindsay Ocal
Advisor: Ellen Pearlstein

An African mask was acquired by the Connecting Cultures Mobile Museum (CCMM), a Los Angeles non-profit organization with a diverse collection of global arts and artifacts. By bringing their exhibitions to local schools, CCMM’s aim is to instill in students an understanding and respect for cultural diversity. This particular mask is in the form of an antelope and made of painted wood with a plant fiber ruff. Upon acquisition by CCMM, the piece had a broken horn, evidence of current pest activity, and was rapidly shedding plant fibers. As a result of an ongoing relationship between the UCLA/Getty Conservation Program faculty and the CCMM, the mask’s condition prompted CCMM staff to contact the program for assistance. As very little was known about the object, art historical and anthropological research was carried out to identify the culture that made the piece, how it was made, and the context in which it was used. Scientific analysis and examination identified the materials used both in the initial creation of the piece and in later repairs to the broken horn. The object’s condition issues required that it undergo several treatment procedures, including pest eradication, cleaning, removal of unsuitable previous repair materials, and reattachment and stabilization of the broken horn. Lastly, a mount and box were constructed that would be suitable for travel, storage, and display.


ANAPGIC 2018 Lightning Round Presentations

Examination and Treatment of a Vejigante Mask
Elena Bowen
Advisor: Ellen Pearlstein

Analysis and Treatment of an Ipu Heke
Skyler Jenkins
Advisor: Ellen Pearlstein

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UCLA/Getty Program Welcomes Class of 2020!

This week marks the start of fall quarter classes here at our Getty Villa Conservation Training Labs and we our excited to welcome the class of 2020 to the UCLA/Getty Program.

Their first day of classes included an introduction to documentation and imaging techniques, as well an introduction to the technology of ceramics, glass and glazes. This quarter they’ll also be taking a class on the technology and deterioration of organic materials and another course that provides an overview of science fundamentals.

We wish the class of 2018 good luck with their coursework and lots of success in the conservation program!

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The Class of 2020: (L to R) Austin Anderson, Emily Rezes, Elena Bowen, Kasey Hamilton, Skyler Jenkins and Megan Salas

 


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Class of 2018 Summer & 3rd Year Internships

We’ve just entered the last week of the quarter, with finals week fast approaching.  As the students try to wrap up their MA thesis projects and course work, they are also preparing to head out for summer and 3rd year internships.  Below is a list of all the fantastic sites and institutions they’ll be working at in the upcoming year.

We’re looking forward to hearing all about the amazing work they’ll be undertaking when they are back for their 3rd year presentations and graduation in Spring 2018. We wish them good luck on their internships and safe travels!


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Class of 2018 Summer Internships

The quarter is coming to an end and as our students are working to finish up object treatments and projects, they’re also getting ready to head out on their summer internships.  Here’s a list of the great places our students will be going to this summer:

We hope they enjoy their time at their internship sites and we look forward to hearing about the work they did when they come back this fall!


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Beantown or Bust – the 2016 ANAGPIC Conference

It’s that time of the year again….No, not when we sit back in LA enjoying the 85° weather and work on our tans, while the Midwest and Northeast deals with freezing temperatures and 1-3 inches of snow in April (too soon?)….But that time when students from North American conservation graduate programs gather for the annual ANAGPIC conference.

This year the conference is being hosted by the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, Harvard Art Museums and will take place April 14th-16th.  In addition to the great papers that will be presented highlighting student work from many conservation specialties, this year includes a poster lightning round.  The conference also coincides with the Joint Interim Meeting of ICOM-CC’s Scientific Research and Education and Training in Conservation Working Groups.  That meeting will be held at the same location, on April 13-14th, prior to the start of ANAGPIC .

This year we have a few presentations from UCLA/Getty students.  3rd year student Colette Badmagharian will present the results of her research on an Armenian prayer scroll that she conducted as part of their MA thesis project.  We also have two 1st year students, Marci Burton and Lindsay Ocal, who will be presenting in the lightning round session.  You can find presentation titles and abstracts below.

For more information on the ANAGPIC 2016 conference, to access the conference schedule or read the abstracts of the papers that will be presented, please visit site: http://harvardanagpic16.com/  Information about the ICOM-CC Joint Interim Meeting can be found here: http://icom-ccharvard.com/

Good luck to all those presenting and we hope all the students have a great time at this year’s ANAGPIC Conference!


Presentations
18th-century Armenian Prayer Scroll: The Study of Cultural Context and the Characterization of Manufacturing Techniques 
Colette Badmagharian
For centuries, prayer scrolls and illuminated Gospels have played a crucial role in Armenian history and culture. Relatively little is known about the materials and techniques used to construct such Armenian texts and potential risks for their survival. To bridge this gap in our knowledge, a severely damaged 18th-century Armenian prayer scroll was investigated, using a holistic and integrated approach that combined both cultural and historical context with scientific research. Selected texts and illustrations were translated and thoroughly examined with members of the Armenian community and further investigated with comparative examples from various institutions. This examination led to an appropriate preventive conservation measure that was taken to ensure the preservation of the fragile prayer scrolls.  Pigments, colorants, and ink, were characterized with the use of non-invasive and non-destructive techniques including analytical photography, ultraviolet, visible and near infrared (UV-Vis-NIR) fiber optic reflectance spectroscopy (FORS), X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and Raman spectromicroscopy (mRS). This study provided an overall understanding of the constituent materials, printing techniques, religious significance, use and function, as well as traditional practices of the Armenian culture in the 18th-century.

Poster Lightning Round
3D Computed Tomographic Analysis of a Pre-Columbian Chilean Child Mummy Bundle
Marci Burton

Analysis and Retreatment of an Archaeological Polychrome Ceramic Bowl from Amapa, Mexico
 Lindsay Ocal


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UCLA/Getty Program Welcomes Mellon Fellow in Conservation Education Laleña Vellanoweth

The UCLA/Getty Program is pleased to welcome Laleña Vellanoweth as the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Conservation Education for the 2015-16 academic year.

Laleña is a Costume and Textile Conservator. She received her B.S. in Biochemistry and B.A. in Art from California State University, Los Angeles and her M.A. in Art History and Certificate in Conservation from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. She has worked at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Autry National Center, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

As part of her Mellon Fellowship, she will be researching diversity in art conservation and surveying parallel diversity programs for other museum fields. She will also be working on a research project on Californio costume, focusing on a technical study of three charro suits from the early nineteenth century, one of which was worn by Don Vincente Lugo, a member of one of the founding families of Los Angeles. Laleña will also give lectures on textiles and costume, including fiber identification and costume mounting.

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Welcome Class of 2018!

Today we welcomed the start of fall (despite the warm LA weather), and the new incoming class of the UCLA/Getty Program!

The class of 2018 will begin their first day of instruction tomorrow with a course focusing on documentation and imaging techniques.  They’ll also have the opportunity to take classes this quarter that cover the technology and deterioration of ceramics and glass, principles and ethics in conservation, and science fundamentals in conservation. Two of their courses include object-based projects where they will examine, document and assess the condition of a group of pre-Columbian ceramics from the collection of the Fowler Museum at UCLA.  Between their course and lab work, it looks like we will be keeping them pretty busy this quarter!

We wish the class of 2018 good luck with their coursework and lots of success in the conservation program!

From L to R: Marci Burton, Lindsay Ocal, Hayley Monroe, Michaela Paulson, Morgan Burgess, Mari Hagemeyer

The class of 2018! From L to R: Marci Burton, Lindsay Ocal, Hayley Monroe, Michaela Paulson, Morgan Burgess, Mari Hagemeyer