Artcare Miami had a great visit from the Deering Estate Director Jennifer Tisthammer, Historic Preservation and Curatorial Manager Bethany Gray, and assistant Francis Oliver. Rustin was able to return two boxes of long-lost glass autochromes to the Deering team, with the assistance of Laura Nemmers and John Nemmers, who remembered about them, Jessica Uelsman and Natasha Alexander from the Harn Museum who found them, and the co-operation of Holly Keris, chief curator at the Cummer Museum, who facilitated their storage while Rustin worked there. Never say there is not multi-museum co-operation!!!
It was also a great opportunity to discuss their growing collection and our mutual interests in art conservation. We look forward to future collaborations with the Deering in the education and preservation of South Florida's History.
Check out this great article by Julia Nevins interviewing Rustin about the restoration treatment to Indian artist Jamini Roy for the Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville, Fl.
Thank you to everyone who stopped by Art Care Miami studio for our Open Studio event! It was great to see all of you and we are looking forward to seeing you again. Wishing all of you Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!
Rustin Levenson does a guest lecture at La Venaria Reale, a conservation center in Italy. She demonstrates painting surface cleaning on a Jackson Pollock piece. Using mild cleaning chemicals and gentle strokes, a substantial layer of dust has been removed revealing brighter painting surface.
You can read more about La Venaria Reale here: http://www.lavenaria.it/web/en/esplora/il-sistema-territoriale/centro-conservazione-e-restauro.html
The conservators at Art Care Miami continue their quest to find the best way to conserve the graffiti artwork found in the old Miami Stadium Downtown.
At the time Belkin's mural was listed as one of the most endangered public murals in the country, and there was hope that it could be conserved.
The other two images were taken by Rustin Levenson last week and show further deterioration of the painting. The wall the mural is on was originally an interior wall, before the adjacent building was torn down. It has not stood up well to the rigors of Manhattan summers and winters. At this time it appears that the repair of the wall will involve the destruction of the remainder of the mural. A replication is being planned.