Professional Programs in Conservation

Lunder Clinic

Selected Past Professional Programs


Stemming the Tide: Global Strategies for Sustaining Cultural Heritage Through Climate Change
Thursday and Friday, March 5–6, 2020


Conservation Workshop: Technical Imaging with Modified UV-VIS-IR DSLR Cameras
Wednesday—Friday, December 11–13, 2019


Breaking New Ground: Computational Tools for Art Scholarship
Thursday, July 20, 2017, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.


The Modular Cleaning Program with added material on cleaning water-sensitive surfaces
September 20-23, 2016


Ice Cold: Solid Carbon Dioxide Cleaning Symposium
September 10, 2015

Conservation and Exhibition Planning: Material Testing for Design, Display, and Packing Conference
November 19–20, 2015

Conserving and Curating Media Art 
June 3, 2015


Caring for Public Art: A 21st Century Approach
A Special Lecture with Richard McCoy
Thursday, September 11, 2014 

Experiencing and understanding public art in America may be the best way to learn what makes your community different than any other, and helping to document it is one of the best ways you can do to insure that it will be around for future generations. McCoy will talk about his innovative methods for engaging broad publics in documenting and caring for public art using 21st century technologies and methods.

Aluminum: History, Technology, and Conservation!
A three day international conference
April 7 – 9, 2014

This three day conference brought together international specialists to facilitate the exchange and dissemination of knowledge, experiences, and expertise in the deterioration and conservation of aluminum alloys. The preservation of objects made from aluminum alloys is an issue of high priority in the materials conservation field. Artifacts as diverse as domestic objects, modern sculpture, scientific and technological objects, outdoor architectural structures, airplanes and spacecraft, constructed in whole or in part from this material, can suffer severe deterioration. Little technical information is readily available to the conservation community about how to effectively conserve these artifacts. The recent invention of many of these alloys and their ever-increasing prevalence in museum collections adds to the severity of the problem.

Seeing Through Paintings: An Insider's View
Monday, March 3, 2014

Authors and painting conservators, Andrea Kirsh and Rustin Levenson, presented a lecture on the study of paintings as physical objects. The authors showed how the physical attributes of an artwork can illuminate important critical, historical, and social issues. Our speakers focused on their award-winning book, Seeing Through Paintings: Physical Examinations in Art Historical Studies.

The Non-Invasive Analysis of Painted Surfaces: Scientific Impact and Conservation Practice
A two-day international symposium
February 20 and 21, 2014

Presented in partnership with the Lunder Conservation Center, ICOM-CC Paintings Working Group, ICOM-CC Scientific Research Working Group, and FAIC.

This two-day event focused on recent advances in technology and instrumentation for the analysis of painted surfaces.

While non-destructive and micro-destructive analytical methods are often essential for the study and understanding of paintings, recent developments in portable and non-invasive instrumentation have led to growing interest in the applicability of techniques to the study of paintings. Further, as new instrumentation becomes commercially available and more affordable, conservators and scientists are able to use non-invasive techniques for monitoring and analysis in new ways.

A particular focus of the conference was the interpretation of analytical results from portable instrumentation including colorimetry, imaging and X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy. The format of the conference included papers and panel discussions.

Caring for Your Collection: Contemporary Photography 
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 

Sylvie Penichon, photograph conservator and author, presented a lecture for collectors of contemporary photographs and photographers. Technical information and tips for what to look for when acquiring artworks and preserving your collection were discussed. 


Conserving and Exhibiting the Works of Nam June Paik
June 26, 2013

This all-day symposium examined the conservation and restoration of works by Nam June Paik. Talks will focused on the exhibition, "Nam June Paik: Global Visionary." Presenters discussed their experiences with conserving and exhibiting Paik's works in a series of lectures and panel discussions. Specific artworks were addressed in relation to broader issues of time-based media art conservation.

Updates from the Getty Conservation Institute project Cleaning of Acrylic Painted Surfaces
May 1, 2013

This evening lecture is open to all museum professionals with an interest in acrylic painted surfaces. Presentations will provide a brief summary of the research and latest developments in the study and treatment of acrylic painted surfaces. Speakers include Tom Learner, Senior Scientist, Getty Conservation Institute; Bronwyn Ormsby, Senior Conservation Scientist, Tate; Richard Wolbers, Professor at the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation and Chris Stavroudis, Conservator in Private Practice.

Gallery Illumination: LED Lighting in Today's Museums
March 1, 2013

The Lunder Conservation Center held a one day symposium on March 1, 2013 on the use of LED lighting in museum collections. The symposium included a series of presentations from museum and lighting specialists. 



Collaborations in Conserving Time-Based Art 
March 18, 2010

This colloquium brought together conservators, artists, curators, exhibition designers, and audiovisual specialists in a series of case studies about collaboration, designed to provoke debate about how we have cared for works thus far. The colloquium was co-sponsored by the Hirshhorn Museum and the Lunder Conservation Center.

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