Looking Into Our American Chairs

When we think of X-rays, we immediately think of images of our bodies. We know that X-rays can reveal a broken bone for example, but they can also give us information about what is happening inside inanimate objects.

Chairs are particularly interesting because, unlike static furniture like tables and cabinets, they must submit to stress from all directions: they are sat on, rocked back and forth, picked up, and dragged around. This portability has led to many different solutions for joints that we often cannot see from the outside.

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Housekeeping: The Thinker

Geneva Griswold, the former Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Objects Conservation, talked with us about how she and her colleagues keep Auguste Rodin’s sculpture The Thinker looking its very best. 

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Kay Sekimachi’s Guestbook

Visitors to the 2016 exhibition Kay Sekimachi: Student, Teacher, Artist were encouraged to sign a guestbook, leaving notes for the artist which were affixed in a journal for her archives. 

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Using the Tools of the Future to Support the Past

Museum conservators recently used 3D printing to build a custom cradle to hold the intricate interior of an 18th-century French clock as it underwent conservation.

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Researching the Renovation of a Period Room

Beginning in 2012, curators and conservators worked together to restore a 18th-century French period room known as the Salon Doré. Comprised of hundreds of components, including intricate gilded pilasters and panels, plaster overdoors, silk upholstered chairs and draperies, and a wooden parquet floor, the Salon Doré conservation project was one of the most extensive ever conducted by the Museums.

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Paris in Late Winter: Lighting the Salon Doré

Our sense of a room is often deeply influenced by how the space is lit. As the Salon Doré at the Legion of Honor was being reinstalled, curator Martin Chapman worked with lighting company Auerbach Glasow French to help reproduce the experience of visiting a candlelit French Neoclassical interior. We asked Martin a few questions about their work together.

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