The Road Less Traveled Conference

The Roundabout II—Alternatives & Choices in Current Conservation Methods

September 27, 2017 10:45 a.m.

Conservation of artist-built environments often takes conservators and technicians out of the familiarity of their studio or lab.

Moderator: Terri Yoho
Panelists: Jason Church, Cricket Harbeck, Meghan Mackey, John Salhus
Kohler Foundation preservation staff members Dan Smith and Susan Kelly were on hand to field questions.

This session brought together a panel of professional conservators who have worked on projects ranging from the concrete expanses at Pasaquan to the delicate bone towers of Eugene Von Bruenchenhein. Their projects have also included the home of Loy Bowlin, Emery Blagdon’s “The Healing Machine,” and the numerous works that make up Stella Waitzkin’s Lost Library. Their experience is broad and varied, involving various situational defined methodologies. The panel included a materials conservator, two objects conservators, and a painting conservator, all of whom have worked in unusual circumstances and challenging conditions.

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AN ENCOUNTER WITH PRESENCE: EMERY BLAGDON
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MYTHOLOGIES: EUGENE VON BRUENCHENHEIN
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