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Conservation Efforts Bring Fragile Persian Carpet into Public View

The Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired a priceless 16th century Persian carpet in 1943, but, due to its fragility, has only been able to display it twice in the 60 years that followed. Made of wool and silk, the Emperor’s Carpet is one of the finest Persian carpets in the Met’s collection. In order to [...]

Conservation Efforts Bring Fragile Persian Carpet into Public View2017-06-28T16:18:47-04:00

Bank of America Art Conservation Project Grant

The Bank of America Art Conservation Project recently released information on the objects that had received conservation treatment in the last year as part of their annual grant project. Thirteen museums in seven countries received grants, including Gallery Systems clients Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Brooklyn Museum, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Virginia [...]

Bank of America Art Conservation Project Grant2017-06-28T16:19:06-04:00

How 3D Scanning Can Lessen the Impact of Object Handling

Conservation work isn’t only about repairing damage, but preventing that damage from happening. That is the motivation behind the innovative 3D scanning work being done at The Smithsonian Institute’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Here, work to protect objects at their most vulnerable—en route to an exhibition or loan—is simplified by 3D scanning. By first [...]

How 3D Scanning Can Lessen the Impact of Object Handling2017-06-28T16:20:51-04:00

Better Object Preservation: 4 Ways a Collection Management Solution Can Help

It’s the challenge of everyone who works with collections: how to preserve objects while at the same time increasing their accessibility? The imperative of accessibility is too powerful to ignore. Surrounding yourself with the right tools and technologies can be the answer. One of the most powerful tools for object preservation is an integrated Collections [...]

Better Object Preservation: 4 Ways a Collection Management Solution Can Help2019-06-13T16:27:57-04:00

TMS Conservation Studio

We're excited about the upcoming release of our newest software product, Conservation Studio, an easy-to-navigate web-based tool designed to support conservation work. Developed in collaboration with conservators from around the world, Conservation Studio streamlines and organizes conservation processes in one central, secure place. Conservators can manage media, conservation reports, research, publications, notes, and other collection data, easily and effectively. [...]

TMS Conservation Studio2017-06-28T16:21:30-04:00

Effectively Managing Conservation Processes

This short video follows a day in the life of Jane, a busy conservator who must manage treatment and object preparation for an upcoming exhibition. Learn how Jane manages the exhibition checklist, determines shipping and display requirements, and records conservation treatments. Jane uses a powerful conservation information system to work efficiently and streamline her workflow to [...]

Effectively Managing Conservation Processes2017-01-23T17:29:00-04:00

Conservation News: Conservators Uncover Hidden Treasures

Not only do conservators play a critical role in preserving art and artifacts, sometimes they discover them too. This week in Conservation News we highlight two stories where conservation treatments led to hidden treasures. Barnes Foundation Museum Discovers Never-Before-Seen Cézanne Drawings This article by Randy Kennedy, featured in the Arts & Design section of The [...]

Conservation News: Conservators Uncover Hidden Treasures2019-06-13T16:54:39-04:00

A Brief History of Conservation Studio

Conservation management features have been part of The Museum System (TMS) from its beginning. When Jay Hoffman, CEO of Gallery Systems, was developing the first Windows version of TMS for the Ratti Textile Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the 1990s, the museum’s need for software to track the condition, rehousing, and location [...]

A Brief History of Conservation Studio2017-06-28T16:24:39-04:00

New Conservation Techniques in the Digital Age

Light Projection In late 2014, Harvard University concluded a six year restoration project with the unveiling of Mark Rothko’s restored Harvard Murals at the newly renovated Harvard Art Museum. Originally placed in a Harvard dining hall in 1962 and subject to over 15 years of sun exposure, the severely faded paintings have been locked away in [...]

New Conservation Techniques in the Digital Age2019-06-13T17:04:28-04:00