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Tuesday, May 14 • 7:00am - 10:00pm
Boston Area Tour Day - 2 MFA and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum TICKETED

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Bus Departs from the Mohegan Sun at 7:30 am on Tuesday, May 14. Those already in Boston the night of May 13 should be at the MFA Boston by 10 am 
Conservation Tours at the MFA, Boston - 10 am to 2 pm

Behind the Scenes with the Conservation Staff at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 2:15-5:15 pm
Reception at the MFA Boston - 5:30 to 7 pm
Bus returns to the Mohegan Sun at 7 pm
Cost - $75 for May 14 or $119 for both days. Note cost includes tour only.
Tour Description
Conservation Tours at the MFA, Boston, Tuesday, May 14, 2019 – 10 am to 2 pm
The MFA welcomes AIC attendees to spend the day at the MFA, Boston, for a look at recent or ongoing conservation projects and tours of storage or lab facilities led by MFA conservators. These informal sessions will be 20 minutes long, occurring on the half hour starting at 10:30am. There may be multiple sessions scheduled for each time slot, allowing participants to attend those of interest. Everyone will have free admission to all museum exhibitions, so will also be able to explore the galleries on their own during times they have not signed up to attend sessions. The day will end with a reception at the MFA, hosted by the Conservation and Collections Management department. Below are some of the offerings being planned, with more options in development.

Tour: Asian Conservation Studio, Japanese Section
The Asian Studio is one of the first conservation studios for traditional Japanese paintings established in the U.S. Join us in the studio while conservation of 15 Kamakura period rakan paintings (from an incomplete set of 16) is underway. The works, some mounted as panels and others unmounted, are being restored to their original hanging scroll format. (Space is limited to 10; tour will be offered several times during the day.)

Japanese Woodblock Prints
Learn about traditional colorants and special effects used in Japanese woodblock prints with Joan Wright, Bettina Burr Conservator in Asian Conservation. Examples from the MFA’s Japanese woodblock prints collection will be available for close looking. (Space is limited to 10; talk may be offered several times during the day.)

Gender Bending Fashion
The “Gender Bending Fashion” exhibition explores a century of fashion that has disrupted, blurred and redefined conventions and expectations around gender and its expression through dress, from the runways to the streets. Join textile and costume conservator Claudia Iannuccilli for a discussion focusing on the many challenges associated with the creation of the exhibition, including treatments, mannequin selection and collaboration with curators, designers and lenders.

Apartheid and Fashion
South African artists and designers have asserted their rights to be seen and heard in the public sphere, an act of brave subversion during the Apartheid era and one of personal courage today. This exhibition features several contemporary artists who face this issue head on and challenge the concept of identity—how is it created and by whom. Associate textile and costume conservator Joel Thompson will discuss how confronting these issues regarding the body informed mannequin selection, dressing and installation of several challenging contemporary art pieces in an exhibition that considers how simply being is a political act.
Tour: Textiles and Fashion Arts Storage and Beranek Textile Conservation Lab
We welcome you to tour onsite storage facilities of the costumes and fashion arts collections. Included will be a tour of the Gabriella and Leo Beranek Textile Conservation Laboratory. (Space is limited to 10; tour will be offered several times during the day.)

Tour: Deknatel Paper Conservation Lab
The Virginia Herrick Deknatel Paper Conservation Laboratory cares for American and European prints, drawings and photographs, as well as contemporary art from all cultures. We invite you to come and see ongoing projects and a few treasures from the collections. (Space is limited to 10; tour will be offered several times during the day.)

Paint, Stain, or Lacquer? Surface Decoration on Frankl‘s Skyscraper Furniture
The furniture of Austrian-born architect and designer Paul Theodore Frankl is uniquely American in design. A desk-bookcase combination and a pair of dressers in the MFA’s collections reflect the contrast between natural wood and bold-colored painted surfaces. Associate furniture conservator Christine Storti will discuss her technical study of the Skyscraper furniture, which brought to light materials and decoration techniques which often differ from the architect’s theoretical writings.

British 18th Century Period Interiors – Reinstallation and Conservation
The Newland House period room from Gloucester, England, dated to 1740, was deinstalled into its component parts in 2005 during construction of the MFA’s Art of the Americas wing. The talk, by Gordon Hanlon, head of furniture and frame conservation, will focus on the research and systems developed for their reinstallation and the recreation of a new ceiling based on photographic evidence.

Benin Sculpture
The Kingdom of Benin is well known for its extensive body of royal “bronzes,” or copper alloy pieces, produced using the lost-wax casting technique. Join associate objects conservator LeeAnn Gordon and Richard Newman, head of scientific research, to learn more about these fascinating sculptures. In particular, the discussion will focus on the technical analysis and treatment of a remarkable Benin horseman that was constructed from multiple copper alloys.

Behind the Scenes with the Conservation Staff at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 2:15 – 5:15 pm
Enjoy a private tour on the one day of the week our galleries are closed to the public. The Conservation staff will discuss recent projects from the extensive study and cleaning of the famed Farnese Sarcophagus to the whole gallery restoration of the sumptuous Raphael Room layered with textiles, objects, paintings and, now, new lighting. You’ll also hear about the challenges of preserving a permanently installed collection, as required by Gardner’s will.

We have reserved a block or rooms at the Sheraton Boston Hotel - 39 Dalton Street at a rate of $250. We have mostly double/double rooms in the block - perfect for sharing. To reserve please call 617-236-2000.