This tile in the shifting mosaic that makes up the PACIN front page is devoted to information of interest found out in the greater network we all live and work in.
Obviously you will find other links in the Forum section of this site and links are also often an essential element of the articles found on our front page, but links featured here are ones that we find particularly noteworthy for one reason or another.
Some of them will be very temporary and topical while others are intended to connect you to established resources that all of us in the collections care field should be aware of and will remain in place.
video of how a sculpture isolator designed by the Getty Museum works click below
COOLEST THING - ONLINE
Catch this use of metal in "Crating" facilitating the use of
adjustable bracing Pads and a covering of heavy duty shrink (not stretch) wrap.
Mighty cool. Click below to see the video.
INSTALLATION ILLUSTRATED - ONLINE
Cy Twombly install at MoMA
CONSERVATION METHODS ONLINE
Do you know what these things are?
Click HERE to find out.
If you are a hands-on collections care professional - yes now you can use technology to spread the word. This code allows many smart phones to upload the PACCIN website with a simple scan. Perfect for putting on any non-living surface. Just right click and "save as picture" and paste into any printed matter that you originate or make stickers and put them someplace where museum collections professionals congregate. You probably think I am joking don't you?
by Tim Padfield
A work of short fiction that cites conservation publications titled:
"The Great Art Robbery at Skamkloster"
Preparators might prefer a mystery titled:
"Bending the Evidence"
Ellen Carrlee Conservation
This excellent blog covers a variety of conservation related issues, always with a degree of accessibilty that makes it notably inclusive of a wide range of practitioners of different collections care disciplines. Below is an elegant example.
This image is a straight forward reminder that damage from exposure to light is in no way limited to Ultra Violet wavelengths. UV filters and low UV light sources cannot act as a substitute for the reality that exposure to any light can damage sensitive materials and that there is no substitute for the "down time" ethically essential for sound stewardship.
For a more extensive entry in Ellen's Blog that I am sure will be of interest to a bunch of PACIN folk out there check out this entry - image above -HOW TO TAKE DOWN A TOTEM POLE.
THE MUSEUM ENVIRONMENT
From the Image Permanance Institute an interactive "Dewpoint Calculator" provides a short course on both the relationship between Temperature and Relative Humidity and calculating some of the serious risks to objects that can result in an uncontrolled environment.
CLICK HERE to check it out.
Consider this a very limited glimpse into what Climate Notebook can do to help you with the data you already collect in the course of your oversight of your collection. That is a whole topic on its own.
ESSENTIAL REFERENCE MATERIAL- ONLINE
This publication "Art in Transit - Handbook for Packing and Transporting paintings" is a long established standard in the field of packing and crating. It is now available free of charge online from the Smithsonian Institution Libraries - Smithsonian Research Online.
To add it to your own professional library just CLICK HERE (please be patient it may take a while to download).
Its companion publication "Art in Transit: Studies in the Transport of Paintings" is also available HERE
TECHNOLOGY - ON LINE
RTI - Reflective Transformation Imaging (kind of like enhanced raking light on steroids.....squared....whatever - its very cool)
Technology that anyone can love is featured in this VIDEO from Cultural Heritage Imaging.
AUDIO ONLINE - "The World of Art Handling" - The Leonard Lopate Show
This podcast addresses some aspects of what we do as museum preparators or Fine Arts Service providers. In it Leonard Lopate speaks with two art handling experts; Kele McComsey of SurroundArt , and Robert Guest of Guest Exhibit Productions.
It is directed toward a general audience so don't expect too much in terms of instruction. Still because it is one of the few sources of information about the profession in the public arena I think it is worth checking out.
To listen CLICK HERE.
National Museum of the American Indian - Collection Move Videos
The link provided here is not new, but it provides some of the only semi-instructional video footage of a move project available anywhere.
It features the conservation, registration, and digital imaging aspects of the project but perhaps more importantly it features some of the groundbreaking packing methods put together by the project move team.
Images both familiar and entertaining can be found on the National Museums Liverpool's photostream on flickr.
The image above comes from a set entitled "Moving Stories" described as:
Pictures of National Museums Liverpool's handling and transport team. These specialist staff are responsible for transporting a huge variety of paintings, sculpture and other museum artefacts.
Art Handling Olympics 2010!
Is this the coveted flaming tapegun metal of glory?
2010s stand-out event was the first ever Art Handling Olympics held in (where else?) New York City.
Anticipation of the event HERE
A report on the event HERE
New York Times coverage of the Art Handling Olympics includes this slideshow.
A while back I put out a challenge of sorts to the Westcoast community of arthandlers/preparators to match this extraordinarly achievement by our East coast colleagues. It turns out that PACCIN members have been way too polite to point out the obvious to me. The Olympics happen every four years.... duh!
I still want to suggest the inclusion events like the standing-start pallet jack race (I could be a contender) as well as the ladder-hopping light-fixure-installation-sprint. But at this point I just need to contact officials of the actual arthandling olympics committee. Anyone got contact info?