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Thursday, May 16 • 3:00pm - 3:30pm
(New Technologies Meet Timeless Conservation Problems) Rapid Prototype Conservation: A Collaborative Approach

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With the advent of rapid prototyped materials (commonly known as 3D printed) and recent advances in the technology, artists, architects, and designers can now conceive of and produce complex artworks relatively instantly. This explosion of rapid prototyping affects museum professionals as they are seeing a significant number of art and design objects produced by these processes entering their collections. Through a yearlong partnership with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), issues concerning the collection and preservation of r.p. materials were explored. These included condition issues affecting r.p. materials in museum collections focusing on three components: reprinting as a viable means of treatment, a condition survey of the SFMOMA’s r.p. objects, and the technical analysis of a Polyjet printed artwork. These projects have led to collaborative discussions between conservators, curators, artists, and printers towards the development of an understanding of the conceptual significance of the physical object, collecting practices, and treatment pathways. Each object necessitates collaborative dialogues to determine whether the object is a unique byproduct of the printing process or if there is a specified parameter of acceptable change, after which the object no longer represents an artist’s original intent and necessitates intervention in the form of reprinting.

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Caitlin Richeson

Graduate Fellow, Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation
Caitlin graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012 with a BFA in Art History, Theory, and Criticism. She began her exploration of the field of conservation at the Naval History and Heritage Command’s Underwater Archaeological Conservation Lab where she rehoused... Read More →

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Emily Hamilton-[PA]

Associate Objects Conservator, SF MoMa
Emily Hamilton holds an MA and Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Conservation from Buffalo State College and a BA in Art History from Reed College. She is currently the Associate Objects Conservator at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Thursday May 16, 2019 3:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Salon B1, Uncas Ballroom
  General Session, New Technologies Meet Timeless Conservation Problems
  • Ticketed Included in Main Registration
  • Authors in Publication Order Caitlin Richeson, Emily Hamilton
  • Abstract ID 18445
  • Tags rapid prototype,3D printing,reprinting