Helping Art Galleries Recover from Sandy

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Many art galleries, and artists, suffered severe damage during Sandy, and in the wake of the storm, teams of conservators have rushed in to help them recover, and save as much of the artwork as possible. Jim Coddington, MoMA's chief conservator, Lisa Elkin, Chief Registrar and Director of Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History, and Cindy Albertson, conservator at MoMA and the FAIC (Foundation for the American Institute for Conservation) Sandy Volunteer Coordinator, talk about what can be done to conserve damaged artworks.


Cindy Albertson, Jim Coddington and Lisa Elkin
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Comments [4]

Michael from Brooklyn

NO BLEACH. Bleach is not the recommended treatment for post-flood mold damage, even when it's not for a work of art. Mr Lopate should correct that comment on air, and stop spreading bad info. Bleach should never be recommended for porous and semi-porous materials according to all reputable sources. Look it up!

Dec. 05 2012 01:56 PM
BPCLee from Manhattan

Is a work of art ever done? Consider the hand of Sandy a collaborative work. May be worth more than ever in the future as having historic value.

Dec. 05 2012 01:56 PM
Jules from Long Beach

As a Long Beach resident who watched Chuck Close complete his beautiful new beach home on Long Beach's west end this year, I am happy to report Chuck's home survived Sandy. We are looking forward to his show at the Pace Gallery. Is all OK there?

Dec. 05 2012 01:49 PM
Constance from NYC

It is a misapprehension that New Orleans doesn't have museum or art or artists. It does and it suffered very badly in Katrina. Artists of every sort from photographers to painters to sculpters to musicians, film makers, documentarians, composers, you name it, lost everything.

It's just smaller in scope, but just as severe and heartbreaking in depth.

Dec. 05 2012 01:45 PM

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